High court: Recreational marijuana measure will be on Arizona ballot

Marijuana is displayed at the River Rock dispensary in Denver on Oct. 23, 2013.

AP Photo/Brennan Linsley

PHOENIX -- A voter initiative legalizing recreational marijuana will be on the November ballot after the Arizona Supreme Court rejected a final legal challenge.

The high court on Wednesday turned away a lawsuit from a group called Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy.

A lower court judge had thrown out the challenge, saying the group didn’t have a right to sue.

The judge went on to reject all of the reasons opponents laid out for keeping the initiative off the ballot.

Opponents had asked the judge to bar it from the ballot because the description voters saw when signing petitions left off many major provisions, didn’t identify a revenue source and had a misleading title.

The high court sidestepped the right to sue argument, but upheld the lower court decision on the merits of the lawsuit.

Several other states will have marijuana initiatives on the ballot come November.

California, Maine and Nevada will ask voters whether they’d like to legalize recreational marijuana.   

The Golden State has been a leader in cannabis culture and policy. California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana 20 years ago. Soon, it could become the fifth and largest state to approve recreational use, with an initiative on the ballot for voters this November.

California’s medical marijuana industry is already worth an estimated $2.7 billion. Experts say that number would reportedly more than double if recreational use is allowed.

As the country’s most populous state and the world’s sixth largest economy, passing this legislation could encourage other states to follow and pressure the federal government to confront the issue, reported CBS News correspondent Mireya Villarreal.