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  • Ballot Initiative 2020 – Adult Use
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About the Initiative

After legalization suffered a narrow loss at the ballot box in 2016, a renewed attempt to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona is underway. The 2020 adult-use initiative, spearheaded by Smart and Safe Arizona, received official qualification for the November ballot on August 10.

Current Laws

The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) was approved by voters in 2010. $700 million in estimated medical marijuana sales in 2020 220,000 patients as of December 2019.

Top Things to Know

  • Adults will be able to possess 1 ounce of marijuana (with no more than 5 grams of it being marijuana concentrate.)
  • The law limits home cultivation to 6 plants at an individual’s primary residence and 12 plants at a residence where two or more individuals who are at least 21 years old reside at one time.
  • Employers will have the right to maintain a drug (and alcohol)-free workplace.
  • The state cannot consider rule changes to allow for delivery services until January 1, 2023.
  • Beginning on July 12, 2021, people convicted previously of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana or six or fewer plants or paraphernalia can petition to have the record expunged.



A “yes” vote supports this ballot initiative to legalize the possession and use of marijuana for persons who are at least 21 years old, enact a tax on marijuana sales, and require the state Department of Health and Human Services to develop rules to regulate marijuana businesses.


A “no” vote opposes this ballot initiative, thus keeping the recreational possession and use of marijuana illegal under state law in Arizona.


“Arizonans are ready to legalize cannabis and this is the right policy for our state…New jobs and revenue are even more critical today than when we embarked on this campaign last year.”

– Steve White, president, Arizona Dispensary Association

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