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.
Larry Bodine is the President of Democrats of Greater Tucson, and a PC in Legislative District 18.
A journalist and attorney, Larry Bodine attends live political events and reports on them for the Blog for Arizona, which features politics from a liberal viewpoint. See http://blogforarizona.net/
He has been an elected Democratic precinct committeeman in Illinois and Arizona, starting with the 2006 Tammy Duckworth campaign (she is now a US Senator). As an elected Democratic precinct committeeman in LD9 in Tucson, he works to get Democrats elected. Since 2017 he has taught “Getting Active in Local Politics” at OLLI-UA (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
His 45-year career includes reporting for the New York Daily News, which was the largest-circulation US newspaper at the time. He has won 7 awards for investigative journalism.