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Border Patrol Union urges Arizona voters to vote against legalizing marijuana

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PHOENIX — Just say no to Proposition 205. At least that’s what Local 2544 of the Border Patrol Union says Arizonans must do.

President Art Del Cueto says legalizing the use of recreational marijuana would lead to a flood of product and a price war with American growers.

“Proposition 205 is just going to legitimize crime and cartel activity, especially along the Southwest border,” Del Cueto said. “A lot of times, [a product flood] brings down some of the price, and it makes it cheaper and even more accessible to children.”

J.P. Holyoak with the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol said this kind of talk is politically motivated.

“The idea that legalizing cannabis for adults in Arizona is going to bring more drugs into the country is ludicrous,” he said. “It doesn’t pass the common sense smell test.

“We have four states – plus the District of Columbia – that have legalized cannabis for adults. Then, we have 25 states that have medical marijuana,” Holyoak said. “Guess what? We’ve seen seizures at the border go down dramatically.”

Prop. 205 allows adults 21 and over to possess and use up to one ounce of marijuana. They can also grow a maximum of six plants at home for personal use. Taxes from marijuana sales would fund Arizona schools. The full text of the measure can be found here.

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