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Updated Jun 13, 2013 - 11:00 am

Group launches marijuana legalization campaign in Arizona

PHOENIX — A newly launched initiative campaign aims to have Arizona voters
asked in 2014 whether the state should legalize marijuana use beyond the current
medical program.

Growing, possessing and using marijuana would be legal regardless of medical
need if the proposed initiative measure filed Tuesday with the Secretary of
State’s Office reaches the ballot and is approved by voters.

The group, calling itself Safer Arizona, must collect 259,213 valid
signatures of registered voters by July 3, 2014 to get the measure on the
November 2014 ballot.

The group said it based its proposal on revised versions of ballot measures
approved by Colorado and Washington state voters in 2012.

Organizers of Safer Arizona said it’s a grassroots effort that will rely on
volunteers to collect the required signatures.

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