Pubdate: Wed, 19 Oct 2016
Source: Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ)
Copyright: 2016 The Arizona Republic
Author: John Lewis


Arizona's economy is growing, attracting national businesses and
diverse industries, professionals and civic-minded leaders to continue
making our state even more prosperous. As a representative of
business, community, education and government leaders, I view
Proposition 205 as an impediment to our economic growth.

Based on significant concerns, I join the East Valley Partnership
board of directors in opposing Prop 205, the ballot initiative to
legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Prop 205 introduces
substantial risks to the years of hard work of many to make Arizona a
wholesome place to build a business, family and community.

Prop 205 could damage our economy. Few would benefit from the monopoly
on retail sales. From an employer standpoint, studies show that
marijuana legalization has adverse outcomes for businesses and
challenges employers trying maintain a safe and productive work
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