PHOENIX — Supporters of legalized marijuana go to court Wednesday to argue that Secretary of State Michele Reagan is lying to voters about what the measure would do.
Attorney Kory Langhofer said there are three misstatements of facts in the description that Reagan is legally required to prepare for Proposition 205. And he will argue to Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James Blomo that he should order the language rewritten.
But Reagan spokesman Matt Roberts said there’s nothing wrong with the verbiage. And Roberts noted the language has been approved by the Attorney General’s Office.
The measure would allow anyone 21 and older to possess and use up to an ounce of marijuana as well as grow their own plants.
Langhofer pointed out, however, that the description that will go both on ballots and into brochures mailed to voters says the initiative would allow marijuana use by those “over 21.” And that, he contends means those 22 and older, which is inaccurate.
“We don’t share the opinion that it’s not factual,” Roberts responded.
Langhofer has two other problems.
He said Reagan’s description accurately mentions the 15 percent tax on marijuana and marijuana products. But Langhofer said it should have said where the funds would go.
Langhofer also wants Blomo to rule that it’s misleading to say that any other violations of the law that remain will be petty offenses punishable only by a fine. He said even if Proposition 205 is approved, certain things, like having more than 2½ ounces of the drug, would remain felonies.
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