Chad Campbell is the Chair of Smart and Safe Arizona, which is leading the campaign in support of Proposition 207. At the DGT meeting on Sept. 28, 2020, he spoke in favor of this ballot initiative to legalize the possession and use of marijuana for persons who are at least 21 years old, enact a tax on marijuana sales, and require the state Department of Health and Human Services to develop rules to regulate marijuana businesses.
What the Smart & Safe Act Does
In a smart, safe, and responsible way, the initiative legalizes the sale, possession, and consumption of one ounce of marijuana (of which 5 grams can be concentrate) for adults at least 21 years old.
Generates $3 billion in new revenue during the first 10 years alone to fund community colleges, public safety, public health programs, and roads, and highways.
Bans smoking marijuana in public places like restaurants and open spaces like sidewalks and parks.
Protects children by requiring all packaging be childproof and labeled, bans advertising to children, and bans the sale of gummy bears, gummy worms, and other products that resemble kids’ candy.
Increases penalties for driving under the influence of marijuana and gives police departments funding for enforcement, training, equipment, and task forces.
Gives the Department of Health Services millions of dollars annually for addiction prevention, substance abuse treatment, suicide prevention, mental health programs, and other justice reinvestment projects.
Allows employers and property owners to prohibit use at their workplaces and on their property as they do currently.
Does the right thing by providing an option for folks who were previously convicted of low-level marijuana charges to have their criminal records expunged so they have fair access to jobs and housing.
Chad Campbell is the Chair of Smart and Safe Arizona
About Chad Campbell
Chad served eight years in Arizona State House, representing parts of Downtown Phoenix, East Phoenix, West Phoenix, and Scottsdale. In his second term, he was elected by his peers to serve as the Caucus Whip. In both his third and fourth terms he was elected by his peers to serve as the House Democratic Leader.
During his eight years in the Arizona Legislature, Chad was viewed as a progressive and outspoken leader, but one who governed through a pragmatic lens and could work in coalitions and across the aisle on a consistent basis. He led the fight to improve Arizona’s tax code to make the state more competitive and level the playing field for small businesses and families. He was also a constant advocate for renewable energy and sustainable practices at all levels of government. Throughout his legislative career, Chad developed a reputation as a lawmaker who relished tackling the tough issues.