Thirteen lawmakers have signed on to House Bill 2558, a recently-filed proposal which would legalize cannabis in Arizona similar to how Amendment 64 legalized cannabis in Colorado.
Under the proposed law, adults 21 and older would be legally authorized to possess up to an ounce of cannabis, as well as a few cannabis plants. State-licensed retail outlets would be established to distribute cannabis.
Representative Ruben Gallego, an Iraq war veteran who is the primary sponsor of the legislation, says it will “regulate and tax marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol.”
In addition to House Bill 2558, thirteen lawmakers have also filed House Bill 2474, which would decriminalize, rather than legalize, the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis; the penalty would be dropped from a potential felony, to a simply ticket.
Those in Arizona who support either proposal should contact their district’s lawmakers – which they can look up by clicking here – and ask for their support.