By: Ashleigh Fixico In 2020, the Smart and Safe Arizona Act (“Prop 207”) legalized the production, sale, possession, and consumption of recreational marijuana for adults throughout the state. Prop 207 not only permits adults over the age of 21 to lawfully possess and use specific quantities of cannabis, but it also establishes an expungement process … Continue reading Cannabis at the Casino: Another High Stakes Game
By: Freeman Halle Every ten years, states undertake the arduous task of divvying up the electoral pie through the redistricting process. Traditionally, this process has been entirely controlled by state legislatures, and most states have retained this model: politicians draw their districts, and the incumbent majority wields the pen. In Arizona, however, the process has … Continue reading Carving up the Copper State: A Look at the Redistricting Process in Arizona
By: Sarah Fisher In late 2021, the State of Arizona became the first in the nation to eliminate peremptory challenges. In an August order, the state supreme court released a modified version of the Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure. Section 18.5(f) now stipulates that a “party challenging a juror for cause” must establish “by a … Continue reading Striking the Peremptory Challenge: A New Era for Arizona’s Indigent Criminal Defendants
By: Fallon Cochlin On September 21, 2021, Phoenix City Council approved the Financial Assistance for Phoenix Families Program, which will give 1000 low-income Phoenix families $1000 per month for a year. If the program is successful in the first 12 months, the City may choose to continue it. Phoenix is funding this program through the … Continue reading Is Phoenix’s Guaranteed Income Program a Step in the Right Direction?
By: Isabel Ranney In Arizona, sex education is optional. Schools are not required to offer sex and/or HIV education and, if the school does have a program, parents have the right to opt out on behalf of their child . If a school does offer sex education classes, it is statutorily restricted on the content … Continue reading Abstinence-Only: Sexual Education in Arizona