Arizona Rejects Bid to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

November 8th 2016

Kyle Jaeger

Arizona voters rejected a measure that would have legalized marijuana for recreational use on Tuesday, according to local media reports

Of the five states that voted on recreational legalization initiatives on Election Day, Arizona looked to be the closest contest heading into election day. Polling in the days leading up to the vote had supporters outnumbering opponents by just one to two points.

In 2010, Arizona voters approved a measure that established a medical marijuana system in the state. It was a narrow victory, passing with just over 50 percent of the vote.


Arizona also saw a flood of campaign contributions to the opposition committee, Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, in the months before Election Day. Donors included beer distributors and a drug company that manufactures painkillers.