Arizona State Representative Mark Cardenas has filed a proposal to legalize cannabis, as well as a proposal to decriminalize cannabis, both of which will be discussed in the upcoming legislative session which begins on January 12th.
House Bill 2007 would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older, and would allow them to purchase the substance from state-licensed cannabis retail outlets. Cannabis would be taxed at $50 an ounce; according to a report released in December, a $50 an ounce tax on cannabis could bring in over $48 million in taxes annually for the state.
In case House Bill 2007 doesn’t gain traction, Representative Cardenas has also filed House Bill 2006, which would decriminalize cannabis possession, making the possession of up to an ounce a simple ticket rather than an arrestable misdemeanor.
According to polling released in 2013, 56% of Arizona residents support legalizing cannabis.