November 27, 2013

AZ Lawmaker to Introduce Marijuana Legalization Bill

Rep. Ruben Gallego drafted bill that would legalize, regulate, tax pot; sold only to people 21 and up.

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.

By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
Arizona Public Media broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents. Arizona Public Media and AZPM are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents.
The University of Arizona