The Democratic state Senate candidate is planning to vote in favour on the marijuana legalization measure on next month's ballot.
Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Arizona intends to vote "yes" for marijuana legalization in November.
Astronaut and military veteran, Mark Kelly, spoke in a recent interview with KPNX-TV that he supports the reform. "There's a funding source there," says Kelly, "so I'm probably going to vote 'yes'".
In addition to funding, Kelly also noted that "it has some provisions in there to decriminalize it and to address some of the incarceration rates."
After several attempts to remove the measure, the initiative successfully made its way to the election ballot earlier this year. The citizens of Arizona will vote on the reform on November 3rd.
Kelly also supports the de-scheduling of marijuana as a Schedule I drug. Kelly admits, "based on my vote, I would seriously consider removing it", if the topic of de-scheduling were to be addressed in the Senate.
Kelly's vote appears to be cohesive with the state's overall agenda. According to Marijuana Moment, the Arizona Smart and Safe Initiative shared a poll that shows 57 percent of citizens favouring legalization. 38 percent, on the other hand, oppose to adult-use.
These results, however, appear to be mixed. A separate poll stipulates that 46 percent of voters favour legalization against 45 percent opposing the measure.
As it stands, Kelly's opposition, Republican U.S. Senator for Arizona, Martha McSally, declined to comment last month on her vote. She intends to "let the Arizona voters decide that."
Pending its success, citizens can possess up to an ounce of marijuana. Citizens would also be allowed to cultivate up to six plants for personal use.
The measure will also make provisions for restorative programs for drug rehabilitation, implementation of expungement proceedings, and funding for social equity programs.
Furthermore, a 16% tax would be placed on cannabis products that would feed back into the state's general fund. Public services, community education programs, and local infrastructure will all benefit from the tax revenue.
If successful, Arizona will become the 12th U.S. state to legalize marijuana for adult-use.
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