July 11, 2016 – Phoenix —
In a bizarre twist, the Arizonans For Responsible Drug Policy (ARDP) has filed a Lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court seeking to prevent the MPP’s “Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” Initiative from being placed on the Arizona ballot this November.
The Arizonans For Responsible Drug Policy (ARDP) is formed to actively oppose any initiative (including OURS) that would legalize the recreational use of Marijuana in Arizona. Their group includes board members such as Seth Leibsohn, County Attorney Sheila Polk, and County Attorney Bill Montgomery.
According to the language of their Lawsuit and their subsequent Press Release, we know that the ARDP’s lawsuit is based on three claims:
1) The signature sheets are invalid under the strict requirements of A.R.S. § 19-102(A) because they contain a misleading petition summary.
2) The Initiative violates the “Text and Title” Rule in the Arizona Constitution because the Initiative’s text impermissibly goes beyond what its title suggests, and because the Initiative’s text is so incoherent and confusing as to be misleading and a fraud on the electorate. ARIZ. CONST. Article 4, Part 1, § 1(9).
3) The Initiative violates the “Revenue Source Rule” in the Arizona Constitution (ARIZ. CONST. Article. 9, § 23) because it does not provide for its own immediate funding. Instead, the Initiative would impermissibly immediately transfer money from the Medical Marijuana Fund to fund the new program.
As many of you know, our “Marijuana Consumers Against FAKE Marijuana Legalization” group is very much against the MPP’s “Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” Initiative because we firmly believe that it does MORE HARM THAN GOOD for Arizonans!
We’ve been asked by the Media if our “Marijuana Consumers Against FAKE Marijuana Legalization” group was in any way involved with this lawsuit. The answer is NO, our group was not involved with this lawsuit in any way.
While we sincerely hope that the ARDP Lawsuit is successful because it will make our job easier, we aren’t going to give up on our crusade to educate Arizona Voters about the harms of MPP’s “Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” Initiative.