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A marijuana ballot measure topped the list of campaign committee fundraising efforts in 2015 for Arizona.

About $9.7 million poured into state-level political campaigns in 2015, but a ballot measure aimed at legalizing marijuana use for adults accounted for almost $1.1 million of that figure, outraising every other campaign committee during the non-election year. Read more»

Blythe Huestis is the dispensary manager for Natural Selections in Cave Creek, which carries a variety of marijuana products from bud to edibles.

When Arizona voters approved medical marijuana in 2010, the traditionally conservative state did so tentatively: The “yes” campaign garnered 50.1 percent of the vote. Now, pro-legalization groups have once again targeted Arizona as a state that could legalize recreational marijuana in 2016. Read more» 2

Advocacy groups have poured millions of dollars into legalizing both recreational and medical marijuana in states across the country. “Out of the five campaigns that we’re running nationwide, Arizona’s definitely going to be the most heated, the most active,” said the state political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. Read more» 1

Supporters have until June 2016 to gather the 150,000-plus signatures needed to get the proposed Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act on the ballot. It would allow those 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana. Read more» 2

Sarah Philyaw, a manager at Arizona Organix in Glendale, one of the first medical dispensaries to open in the state, said she would definitely welcome recreational sellers to the fold, even if it meant more competition.

The Marijuana Policy Project is pushing to have voters to decide in 2016 whether to legalize the recreational use of the drug. In 2010, the group led a successful effort to legalize medical marijuana. Read more» 1

A sign seeks signatures on a petition to have a referendum in November on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Arizona.

Activists with Safer Arizona, a grassroots marijuana advocacy group, are trying to collect enough signatures to put a legalization initiative on the November ballot. Read more»