Recreational marijuana will be on the ballot in Arizona in November and there will be a lot of accusations, blame, anger and misinformation flying everywhere. There will be those who are adamantly for Issue 205 and those adamantly against Issue 205. Both are passionate about their stance and emotions will run wild.
In researching Issue 205, we have discovered there are a lot of angry, hateful comments and personal attacks aimed toward those who oppose Issue 205 and it is driven by emotion not by data or facts. Sadly, no amount of facts or information will sway those who are for Issue 205.
The goal of the WOW Coalition is to give every kid in Buckeye the opportunity to live a drug-free life!
As a coalition we find it important to deal with facts and data (objective) and also take into account what we see (subjective) in our schools and community on a daily basis.
The WOW Coalition supports the following information published by Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, Copyright © 2016 All rights reserved.
Legalizing recreational marijuana would be detrimental to Arizonans’ lifestyle, safety and productivity. Four states and the District of Columbia have already legalized the drug and are seeing disastrous repercussions for their youth, workplaces and communities. Read below to see what experts, Arizonans and those already affected by legal marijuana have to say.
No on Prop 205 Campaign Manager Adam Deguire
Prop 205 “misleads voters into thinking more money will go to schools when in fact it will go towards creating more government.” Arizona Republic | Sept. 7
Editor for the Daily Courier Tim Wiederaenders
“So, even if personal use of marijuana is legalized in our state, it’s still — as of right now — illegal according to federal law. It’s a Catch 22 situation of sort; you could use it according to state law, but would the feds ever decide, say under new management, to enforce federal laws that are contrary to state law? It could happen sooner than you think…” Prescott Valley Tribune | Sept. 6
Former Education Secretary Bill Bennett
“We will have the whole state breaking the law. There will be lawsuits on this … people in Colorado are in violation of federal law. This administration has decided not to do anything about it … but it they decide to enforce federal law, there’ll be another mess.” “If you pass Prop 205 and you decide ‘My gosh some of this is really wrong. I’m still in favor of it, but gee maybe we shouldn’t have edibles, maybe we should put limits, maybe we shouldn’t have 60 percent THC,’ … nobody can do anything about it.” KFYI Mike Broomhead | Sept. 6
Governor Doug Ducey
“I don’t think that any state became stronger by being stoned.” “I would check your facts when you say something is not addictive, that something’s safer than alcohol, and to look at the unintended consequences that have happened in states like Washington and Colorado… the way this has infiltrated high schools with brownies and cookies and Pez dispensers and all-day suckers.’’ Yuma Sun I | Sept. 5
Debbie Moak, Director of Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family
“A lot of these kids who are going to be impacted the most by this, they won’t be voting in this election. This is where we need to be the adult in the room and protect the kids.” NPR | Sept. 5