Marijuana campaigns already gathering support

TUCSON – A new organization is getting serious about marijuana legalization in Arizona.

A group called Arizonans for Responsible Legalization has hired an election attorney, political consultants and public relations help, according to spokesman Barrett Marson.

The organization will pay people to gather more than 150,000 valid signatures needed to put the initiative on the 2016 ballot. They need them by July 2016, according to Marson.

Jean-Paul Genet works for Purple Med Healing Center and Green Med Wellness Center. He said established dispensaries can transition their operations smoothly.

“The people who are already in the business, who are familiar with the ins and outs, are the ones who should lead the way,” he said.

He said fighting myths about the drug is difficult, but legalization is inevitable.

“One of the things that could really ease the strain on our education system is the using of the taxes for our education...

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