Families in Action
A Guide to Drug-Related State Ballot Initiatives
People Have Spoken
Plants Are Medicine
Keep Our Kids Off Drugs
voters passed Proposition 200, The
Drug Medicalization, Prevention, and Control Act of 1996. This Act legalized
all Schedule I drugs as medicine, mandated that judges send convicted nonviolent
drug offenders to treatment, prohibited judges from sending offenders to
jail until their third conviction, and established a parents council and
a drug treatment and prevention fund. The Arizona Legislature subsequently
repealed some of the provisions in the Act. Supporters retaliated with Proposition
300, The People Have Spoken, in 1998 which overturned the Legislatureís
actions and with the Voter Protection Act which requires a 3/4 vote by the
Legislature to overturn any initiative. Both passed. Proposition 201
all provisions of Propositions 200 and 300 and, further, decriminalizes
marijuana for all use.
marijuana. Possession of up to two ounces subject to a maximum fine
of $500, no jail.
Exempts anyone with a doctor's recommendation for medical marijuana use from being prosecuted for violating any drug law.
Legalizes all Schedule I drugs as medicine.
Instructs State Attorney General to establish a registry of patients and supply marijuana to them.
Prohibits judges from sending nonviolent drug offenders to jail until their third conviction.
Diverts 75 percent of asset forfeitures from law enforcement to the Drug Treatment and Preventions Fund, 25 percent to drug and gang prevention.
Repeals mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses and increases maximum penalties by 20 percent.
Mandates parole for all nonviolent drug offenders, those convicted but not yet serving time as well as those currently in jail.
Food and Drug Administration regulations that govern approval of new medications
as safe and effective, federal drug-control laws, and international drug-control
treaties. However, federal law and international treaties prevail
over state law.
This proposition will result in greater cost savings, safer communities, and more prison space for violent offenders. It will also "correct any further circumvention" of the 1996 proposition "by the courts, county attorneys, and federal government."
| What Opponents
Judges ask why have probation that canít be revoked? They say Proposition 201 removes the thing that makes treatment effective. People are not likely to recover unless there are consequences.
The attorney general objects to the provision
that mandates her to distribute marijuana to patients, saying "This
is a prosecution office, not a pharmacy." (Arizona
Did Not Qualify for Ballot.
On June 2, 2000, The People
Have Spoken abandoned Proposition 201 and turned it over to Plants Are
Medicine, admitting that certain provisions would prevent prosecution
of marijuana trafficking.
Compared to other states, Arizona
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