Arizona Governor Doug Ducey hates pot. He doesn’t like the medical marijuana program, and he isn’t a fan of upcoming recreational legalization. In fact, every time I’ve had to call him for a story regarding marijuana this year, I got the same answer – the governor’s anti-pot track record speaks for itself.
And that it does, according to the latest Gubernatorial Rankings from NORML. The group rates each politician’s pro- or anti-cannabis stance, and Ducey ranks among the lowest in the nation with a D ranking.
This puts him among 18 mostly Republican governors that received below a passing grade of C. This is despite Ducey actually makes some decent improvements to Arizona’s medical marijuana program over the past year, including extending the cards to two years, making them digital, and finally forcing medical dispensaries to perform some type of standardized testing.
On top of this, the Arizona Deparment of Health Services just released an email last night explaining even more expansion to patient and caregiver tools.
Of course, he also has been quoted saying, “I don’t think any state ever got stronger by being stoned.”
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Meanwhile, both Mexico and New Mexico are on the path to legalization. With California, Nevada, and Colorado already legalized, that would put Utah as the only place sharing a borders with Arizona that doesn’t have legal cannabis.
Despite this, Arizona voters seem strongly in approval of Smart & Safe in 2020. This proposed ballot measure would legalize recreational cannabis in Arizona. It reached over 150,000 signatures by the start of 2020, and it’s expected to hit the ballot officially by April 2020.
As a medical marijuana patient living in the state of Arizona, I’m excited to see how this turns out. Ducey is no fan of cannabis, and he never will be. This is despite so many Republican lawmakers getting involved in the industry. I think it’s time we replaced him with a more progressive governor.