Why have some Arizona cities and towns banned recreational marijuana dispensaries?
The world is gradually awakening to the truth about marijuana: it’s a SUPERUBLE with immense health benefits, and several regions of the world are legalizing it for their citizens’ use. Why Have Cities In Arizona Banned Marijuana Recreational Facilities? Let’s find out!
The background to the ban
The people of Arizona knew that the concept of zoning would affect pharmacy owners. Hence, the news of the banning of some facilities in Arizona dealing with recreational marijuana was unexpected.
In October 2020, just under a month before Arizona voters approved legal marijuana through Proposition 207 (called “The Act”), other Arizona cities began banning the sale of recreational marijuana.
Cities also stated that the only way for a pharmacy to sell marijuana is to have a “double license”. A double license means the establishment of a medical marijuana center and an adult (recreational marijuana) center.
Previously, the law allowed pharmacy owners to get both licenses (medical and recreational licenses), which meant they could sell both products from the same center. Now you will agree that the law was good. After all, it authorized pharmacies with both licenses to sell both products.
But cities like Meca, Scottsdale, Goodyear, Surprise, and other cities in Arizona began to thwart the law. Yes, they have legal authority to do so, but cannabis experts call this a wrong move. Why did these cities take such a step? Why is there so much emphasis on recreational marijuana, which led to the banning of several recreational cannabis establishments?
Why Arizona Cities Banned Marijuana Operations
Several theories explain the reasons for the ban, the main one being that cities don’t want to start new recreational marijuana businesses. Those who support the ban reiterate that the pharmacies concerned should receive the dual licenses that allow them to work fully in the recreational field.
Recreational facilities weren’t the only affected centers in Arizona. Some cities have also banned marijuana testing facilities. For example, the City of Mesa, through Ordinance No. 5601, banned a marijuana testing facility from being fully functional. This move made it incredibly difficult to test final marijuana products before they went on sale in Arizona.
Mesa also banned the possession and use of marijuana on its “official city property”. These Arizona state bans and new regulations are already damaging the Arizona Social Equity Opportunity program. In fact, it will seriously limit Arizona’s potential for rapid growth and development.
Responding to the Arizona ban
Cannabis advocates don’t like the idea of a ban because it restricts their access to the plant and its other products. Proponents argue that cities in Arizona will lose the tax revenue generated by selling marijuana.
The experts also argue that the ban would not prevent cannabis sales in cities as medical pharmacies continue to be sold to adults. Some even accuse medical marijuana dispensaries of lobbying and influencing elected officials to approve the bans, so competition is limited.
The officials involved in the ban also appear to have a lack of understanding of the scale of marijuana because if they do, they will not be drafting those bans that will affect the growth of a burgeoning marijuana economy in Arizona.
Responses to the ban have been primarily negative, which is understandable given that marijuana has come a long way in Arizona. Cities in Arizona shouldn’t put partial restrictions on their growth.
The negative consequences and ripple of the Arizona recreational marijuana ban could be hugely detrimental. This could lead to:
Creation of a medical marijuana monopoly
With this ban, there will be a monopoly on medical marijuana in cities in Arizona, which is not a good thing. This realization means that only the medical sector has access to cannabis and it leaves out many people who need marijuana for other purposes. A recreational marijuana ban monopolizes the medical industry, which is not ideal for a state with a thriving marijuana economy.
Citizens who get marijuana from other states.
If people in Arizona cities can’t get marijuana from recreational pharmacies quickly, they’ll be moving to other states for it. Going to other states means they may also choose to source medical marijuana from such states, which means other states will get the financial benefits that Arizona should get.
Rise of the marijuana black market
Curbing the rise of the marijuana black market is one of the reasons states began legalizing marijuana. With Arizona cities banning recreational facilities, black market demand for cannabis could increase. This will increase the likelihood of cannabis abuse in cities in Arizona.
Missing tax returns on marijuana sales
Due to the increasing acceptance of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes, governments are deriving many taxes from this sector. By cutting off some recreational pharmacies, Arizona cities are missing out on the immense potential these taxes offer them.
We are in the boom era of the marijuana economy, but cities in Arizona will only get 50% of that potential from medical dispensaries. Their recreational marijuana bans deprive them of the other 50%.
Marijuana continues to grow rapidly, and in 2021 many cities and countries will begin to maximize its value by establishing rules that encourage its use. But since we all benefit from benefiting from a thriving “marijuana economy”, Arizona appears to be going backwards, which would make it difficult for them to enjoy the cannabis boom.
Some people might argue that the ban isn’t that terrible because it only applies to recreational marijuana, but that’s not true. From the negative impacts and consequences discussed above, it can be seen that a marijuana ban doesn’t reflect Arizona well.
Will the cities of Arizona lift the ban? The answer is currently unclear, but if cities are interested in getting the massive tax revenue from recreational cannabis, they would have to lift the ban.
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