A Democratic state lawmaker plans to introduce a bill to legalize marijuana in the upcoming legislative session.
Rep. Ruben Gallego said he has drafted a bill that would legalize, regulate and tax recreational marijuana for people 21 and up.
He said police could shift resources to handling more serious crimes.
“For something like marijuana that were throwing men and women in jail (for)…it just doesn’t make any sense," Gallego said "Especially for something like this that is not a hard drug so I decided that we need to move forward and we need to at least start this conversation. That’s why I dropped the bill.”
Gallego modeled his bill after Colorado’s law, which legalized pot in that state.
He said he thinks the bill will face an “uphill battle” in the Republican-controlled state legislature.