CRMLA Could Help Arizonans Fund Schools Instead of the Cartel

CRMLA Could Help Arizonans Fund Schools Instead of the Cartel

Last week, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) submitted nearly 260,000 petition signatures in Arizona. This response far exceeded the 150,642 signatures required by the state for the initiative to appear on November’s ballot.

According to the CRMLA, cannabis legalization would help Arizonans raise funds to help support local school districts, instead of lining the pockets of corrupt Mexican cartel gangs.

According to Tax Foundation, Arizona could see as much as $113 million in new revenue if adult use is legalized. Like Colorado and Oregon, the proposed initiative would allow adults of 21 years of age and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana at a time. Adult residents would also be allowed to grow up to 6 plants in their home.

Additionally, the state would establish a Department of Marijuana Licenses and Control to regulate dispensaries, cultivation facilities, manufacturing facilities, and would include a designated law enforcement unit that would be responsible for conducting compliance checks and investigating pending violations.

Michael Capasso, former chief of the DEA Financial Crimes Unit, said: “I know from personal experience that the illegal status of marijuana in the United States helps to fuel demand for marijuana produced by drug cartels in Mexico.”

Since Arizona is situated along the U.S.-Mexico border, it’s a prime location used by drug cartels to smuggle marijuana into the country. Capasso is confident that tighter regulations on the cultivation and distribution of cannabis will help to minimize cartel activity, which would reduce crime, and provide state funding through marijuana taxation.

In fact, there is already quite a bit of evidence that suggests laxer marijuana laws can effectively reduce the amount of marijuana-related crime that stems from cartels smuggling marijuana into our country. Mexico City security and drug analyst Alejandro Hope says that Mexican marijuana now accounts for less than a third of the total amount consumed in the U.S.

As more states pass initiatives to legalize marijuana, especially those that share a border with Mexico, the U.S. will be able to tighten their grip on the marijuana trade, while reducing crime and raising millions in tax revenue.

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