The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol released a statement Tuesday acknowledging the defeat of Prop 205, but vowed the election result would not "close the book" on marijuana prohibition in Arizona.
Though ballots are still being counted, CRMLA said at last check the initiative had received 1,158,655 votes in favor (48.23%) and 1,243,883 votes against (51.77%).
“We thank the more than 1 million Arizona voters who cast their ballots in favor of ending the failed policy of marijuana prohibition. We are disappointed the initiative came up short, but we are encouraged by the impressive amount of support it received given this was the first time voters had considered such a proposal," CRMLA Chairman J.P. Holyoak said.
Holyoak went on to say the group plans to continue to fight for sensible marijuana policy reform but did not provide specifics.