Members of Legalize Marijuana Arizona bought a campsite area at the Phoenix International Raceway during a recent NASCAR race, but were kicked out by Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies, one of whom grabbed a camera from a member (video below).
According to The Free Thought Project, the pro-marijuana group was asking people to sign a petition for its proposed law, the Legalization and Regulation of Marijuana Act.
The group said the deputies informed them that a solicitation license was required to ask people to sign the petition; the license reportedly costs thousands of dollars.
The deputies were at the group's campsite to make them take down their petition sign.
In the video, one of the members walks back to the campsite while filming with his camera. Once there, a deputy tells him, "Hey, you need to turn that off, partner."
The member asks him why, and the deputy replies, "Because it's private property and I said so."
The deputy then grabs the man's camera.
The raceway states on its website that "cameras and video recorders are permitted in the facility for home viewing use only. Images and/or footage may not be sold or used for commercial use. Camera/video bags exceeding 14" x 14" x 14" will not be permitted through the grandstand admission gates."
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has not released any statements regarding the camera incident or the removal of the group.
According to Ballotpedia, the Legalization and Regulation of Marijuana Act would:
- Allow anyone at least 21 years old to consume, possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana.
- Create a Department of Marijuana Licenses and Control to regulate the marijuana industry.
- Establish a 10 percent tax on retail marijuana sales, [r]educe criminal penalties for marijuana offenses.
- Create a system of licensed businesses to produce and sell marijuana.
- Empower local governments to regulate marijuana businesses.