AZSOS transmits initiative signatures to counties

For Immediate Release
July 22, 2016


Matt Roberts, Director of Communications 
Phone: (602) 542-2228

Phoenix - The Secretary of State’s office has finished processing its first ballot initiative, I-08-2016 (Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act) and has transmitted the 5% sample of signatures for verification to the state’s 15 counties. 

Secretary Reagan and her elections team implemented a new digital processing system allowing the office to efficiently complete its work well ahead of its statutory deadline.  It is expected the elections division will transmit the remaining initiatives shortly.

The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act: (1) establishes a 15% tax on retail marijuana sales, from which the revenue will be allocated to public health and education; (2) allows adults twenty-one years of age and older to possess and to privately consume and grow limited amounts of marijuana; (3) creates a system in which licensed businesses can produce and sell marijuana; (4) establishes a Department of Marijuana Licenses and Control to regulate the cultivation, manufacturing, testing, transportation, and sale of marijuana; and (5) provides local governments with the authority to regulate and limit marijuana businesses.

Signatures for verification

Apache – 8

Cochise – 65

Coconino – 650

Gila – 33

Graham – 6

Greenlee – 1

La Paz – 1

Maricopa – 8361

Mohave – 63

Navajo – 58

Pima – 2647

Pinal – 175

Santa Cruz – 46

Yavapai – 260

Yuma – 101







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