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Arizona Cannabis Chamber Of Commerce Opposes Some Provisions In Recreational Marijuana Initiative

A group of businesses has united to oppose the initiative being circulated to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

But it's not that members of the Arizona Cannabis Chamber of Commerce want to keep all adults from being able to use the drug. Its that they don't like some of the provisions — particularly one that would give the companies that already sell medical marijuana a virtual monopoly on the recreational market.

The members say they have nothing against allowing adults to buy marijuana.

"We're pro-adult-use," said Mason Cave with the Arizona Cannabis Chamber of Commerce. "We just think there's a better way to do it than what the initiative has proposed."

Cave told Capitol Media Services they take issue with the provision limiting the number of recreational marijuana retail licenses to about 130. Virtually all of those are reserved for companies, already licensed to sell medical marijuana.

"The biggest concern is the drug cartel-ish approach to basically holding all the opportunity and benefits of the adult-use to the current medical marijuana license holders," complained Cave.

A spokesperson for the initiative says the language is written to ensure that if voters approve it recreational marijuana sales will open in shops already regulated by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.