- Associated Press - Monday, August 31, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A voter initiative that would legalize marijuana in Arizona and add a tax to help fund education has an adamant opponent in the state superintendent of public instruction.

The Arizona Republic reports (https://bit.ly/1LEfKQx) that state schools chief Diane Douglas says using “drug money” to pay for K-12 programs would be “evil and hypocritical.”

In a written statement issued over the weekend, Douglas says she wants no part of such an effort.

She also says the projected $40 million that supporters say would come out of the initiative would be “nowhere near sufficient to make a real difference.”

The initiative would set up a regulatory system allowing consumers to openly buy marijuana.

Marijuana sales would be subject to Arizona sales tax plus a 15 percent tax to fund education.


Information from: The Arizona Republic, https://www.azcentral.com

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