Democrat Ruben Gallego Introduces Arizona Marijuana-Legalization Bill

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As promised, Democratic Representative Ruben Gallego has submitted a bill that would legalize marijuana possession in Arizona.

Twelve other Democrats signed on to sponsor or co-sponsor the bill, House Bill 2558.

See also:
-Lawmakers Propose Changing Penalty for Pot Possession From Felony to Simple Fine
-Arizona Natural Selections: Inside a Medical Marijuana Cultivation Center

Gallego, an Iraq War veteran, has said the bill would "regulate and tax marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol."

His proposal doesn't include anything radically different from Colorado's marijuana-legalization law. Generally, the bill proposes allowing anyone over the age of 21 to possess up to an ounce of pot, as well as a few marijuana plants.

Minor violations of the law, including smoking in public, growing in public view, or being caught in possession while under the age of 21 would be civil violations punished by fines.

The bill also outlines various other regulations and taxes on commercial pot sales.

In addition to this bill, 13 Democratic lawmakers are also sponsoring a bill that would decriminalize marijuana possession, instead of a complete legalization, like offered in Gallego's bill.

Under House Bill 2474, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana would be more like a traffic ticket instead of a possible felony conviction that goes on someone's record for life. Most other possession crimes, including possessing multiple pounds of pot, would no longer be a felony.

Despite more than a dozen lawmakers sponsoring both of these bills, keep in mind that Republicans are the majority in both houses of the Legislature.

In addition to these bills, there's a grassroots effort to get marijuana legalization on 2014 ballots by collecting signatures, and a national group with more fundraising capability plans to make a similar initiative for 2016 ballots in Arizona.

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semperfinally
semperfinally

I think I understand why retiring Rep Ed Pastor endorsed Mary Rose Wilcox.

semperfinally
semperfinally

 Let me see, Local pol Gallego introduces a drug legalization bill-and his incipient congressional campaign is the best funded. 


But he decries a high Az gun  homicide rate--which has more to do with drug cartel activity--that Az gun laws. 


Even, Vermont's gun laws do stop the cartels from killing. Duh.


Perhaps, Mary Rose Wilcox ought to campaign against the cartels--and their money launderers.

semperfinally
semperfinally

Let me see, Local pol Gallego introduces a drug legalization bill-and his incipient congressional campaign is the best funded. 


But he decries a high Az gun  homicide rate--which has more to do with drug cartel activity--that Az gun laws. 


Even, Vermont's gun laws do stop the cartels from killing. Duh.


Perhaps, Mary Rose Wilcox ought to campaign against the cartels--and their money launderers.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

After Colorado's phony "legalization" passed in 2012, arrests and citations for criminal marijuana offenses INCREASED 19x in Denver alone.


A 19 fold INCREASE in CRIMINAL prosecutions for marijuana.


How is that "legalization" ??


Why are Arizona stoners so fucking ignorant that they'd repeat the same idiotic mistakes and errors that Colorado made with its bullshit fake "legalization" initiative?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

This isn't "legalization" ... not even close.


Unless it removes ALL Felony Statutes regarding marijuana and removes ALL Misdemeanor Statutes regarding marijuana and removes ALL other Criminal Statutes regarding marijuana, all it is is just another CONTINUATION of CRIMINAL Prohibition disguised as a laughably faux "legalization" initiative.

Safer Arizona Dave
Safer Arizona Dave

If you want to help this pass Join Safer Arizona. We started the Arizona Legalization movement and this is our mission. We will be posting who to email to show support and when to attend the hearings. Please like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SaferAZ and subscribe to our newsletter at www.saferarizona.com

Joshua Grimsley
Joshua Grimsley

Legalize marijuana. We deserve the right to partake thc just as much the right to drink alcohol.

Derr Dippity
Derr Dippity

all the drunk AZholes on the golf course puffin cubans already went door to door and voted on this . .. . last week. them and their cop buddies should just break away from the union. start their own county. . . . . and/or build a bigger fence . . . with laser beams. one or the other. maybe both. ALL OF IT. the whole thing with robots. . . .that can do all the work for them. . . . and shoot guns. what kid doesnt like robots that can shoot guns?? you gotta be a messed up kid on meds in todays world hatin robots with guns.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

I support legalization, but keep in mind that just because something is legal doesn't mean that employers have to tolerate it.  Many will continue to drug test and refuse to hire those who smoke.


msdebbielee
msdebbielee

I'm seeing alot of these comments about how the politicians won't vote for this. Yes they will, if you let your voice be heard. This is an issue that many have supported from the dark. It's time to step up and be counted. Letters, phone calls and E-mails letting your area's representative know that you support this, why , and how you would feel if they vote against it. You can't just continue to complain about how they vote, if we don't let them know that this issue could cost them their next election. As we look ahead and try to figure out how to get ourselves out of this stagnant economy, we have the answer right in front of us. It's time to educate others that are still holding on to the false information our government has spread for years and replace it with all the new scientific studies that are showing huge breakthroughs in many chronic illnesses everyday. The question is are we ready to move into the 21st century and let go of the myths and stereotypes that too many still want to hang on to, or are we going to stay behind and let the fear based on lies keep us from righting this wrong.

Lisa M Johnson
Lisa M Johnson

The tobacco companies are behind it. It will pass.

Eddie Marrero
Eddie Marrero

I don't smoke , but I say legalize it- tax the hell out of it-

Safer Arizona
Safer Arizona

If you want to help this pass Join Safer Arizona. We started the Arizona Legalization movement and this is our mission. We will be posting who to email to show support and when to attend the hearings. Please like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SaferAZ and subscribe to our newsletter at www.saferarizona.com

Don Collins
Don Collins

And these Liberal 'Walking Zombies' like this loud-mouth Jew that thinks comments like that are funny !!!

Curt Granstrom
Curt Granstrom

Hemp needs to be freed from any regulation whatsoever, all other cannabis should be regulated similar to alcohol, and legal to grow.

Kirk Dooley
Kirk Dooley

Its a Democratic idea. Therefore, it doesn't stand a snowball's chance in Phoenix of ever happening. Especially since most of the weed in AZ comes from MEXICO. ;)

Ryan Fedora
Ryan Fedora

Shit maybe it will help the cardinals make it to the super bowl...

Brandon Doyle
Brandon Doyle

Colorado made 8 mill in the first day. Seems like a no brainer

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... after Colorado's fake "legalization" passed, arrests and citations for criminal marijuana offenses INCREASED 19x in Denver alone.


Why are Arizona stoners so fucking stupid that they'd repeat the same idiotic mistakes and errors that Colorado made with its bullshit fake "legalization" initiative?

semperfinally
semperfinally

Where have you been? Marijuana is--de facto-- legal in Az--which is why a lot of 20-something youth now claim to suffer from "chronic pain."  so as to be "treated" by 'medical marijuana.'


But it is OK because the Cartels and their bankers need the $.


That old slogan about legalization stopping the violence--is a very sick joke.


The cartels continue to kill in Az--and their bankers in NYC, London, Switzerland, et al --continue to prosper--even as more and more US states give them what they want..


Even a Pot-head might want to reconsider his position.


.


FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

This proposal isn't legalization, not even close.

msdebbielee
msdebbielee

Why do you think that? I've been around many of the people who have been working hard to get this brought to the public's attention and then to the attention of those who could write and introduce legislation, and I have yet to meet anyone from any tobacco company. Just a nice bunch of people who are spending their own money on gas, literature, stamps and many other expenses so that all of us may have the right of choice. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... BULLSHIT fake "legalization" just like Colorado's bullshit A64.



jetdoc1
jetdoc1

WOW!  You are one RACIST Sonofabitch aren't you?

NormalPerson
NormalPerson

WTF IS THE MATTER WITH YOU? YOU NARROW-MINDED, RACIST PIG!!!


DNichols
DNichols

@Don Collins

We already know you have issues with Hating Hispanic's, now Jews too?!

Please Don Racism/Hate is a Disease, Seek Help.

jetdoc1
jetdoc1

You sir are SO misinformed!  Legalized Medicinal Cannabis in AZ has COST the Mexican Cartels $$$.  Colorado and Washington LEGALIZING it, will cost the Cartels (estimated at over) $500,000,000/year.  So before spouting shit you know NOTHING about, you should educate yourself on the issue so as NOT to look like a DUMBASS!

NormalPerson
NormalPerson

But it wouldn't come from Mexico if it were made legal. D'UH!.....

brentidge
brentidge

do not agree maybe 5 years if not more, I would say no one wants dirt weed when we can get amazing weed in the states not supporting the gangs.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

If we legalize LSD and put it in the water supply, then we might hallucinate a super bowl victory but as long as the Bidwells control the Cards, that's about as close as we're gonna get.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Brandon Doyle "Colorado made 8 mill in the first day"


More stoner BULLSHIT.


Why do brain-dead bong-sucking stoners spew such abject lies?



jetdoc1
jetdoc1

Actually the State of Colorado made $5 MILLION in Tax revenue the 1st MONTH of recreational marijuana being legal.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

And since we have a "no brainer" legislature, it doesn't stand a chance.

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

What idiots would beg the government to tax anything they actually cared about?

dkessler4
dkessler4

@DonkeyHotay  Marijuana case filings plummet in Colorado following legalization

By John Ingold

The Denver Post

POSTED:   01/12/2014 12:01:00 AM MST


Charges for all manner of marijuana crimes plummeted in the months after Colorado voters legalized limited possession of cannabis for people over 21.


Read more: Marijuana case filings plummet in Colorado following legalization - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/marijuana/ci_24894248/marijuana-case-filings-plummet-colorado-following-legalization#ixzz2tTNxv7nP 

semperfinally
semperfinally

To be unambiguous--to date in Arizona, liberalization of Marijuana laws has coincided with an increase in gun violence---according to Rep Gallego's stats...


Some blame that on Az  gun laws--I believe that drug cartel money-laundering activity--has more to do with it.


What does Rep Gallego think--since his stats are ambiguous?



jetdoc1
jetdoc1

@shadeaux14 Seems to me that the Bidwills (NOT BidwElls) were in full control of the Franchise in 2009 when we were 42 seconds away from WINNING the Super Bowl?  If you wanna HATE? HATE but you can't say the Bidwills haven't spent the money to WIN!  If you do, you're NOT watching!

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@shadeaux14 Yup, won't have it until it goes on the ballot to the people.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@dkessler4


Yet CRIMINAL Marijuana Citations ROSE 19 TIMES higher AFTER the passage of that fake "legalization" Amendment 64.


NINETEEN TIMES HIGHER -- young stupid stoners now saddled with a LIFETIME Illegal Drug Criminal Conviction on their records !!


A64 = Epic Fail !!

.

dkessler4
dkessler4

@DonkeyHotay @dkessler4  It Is Legal To Smoke Marijuana On Your Front Porch In Denver

Posted: 12/10/2013 11:35 am EST  |  Updated: 01/25/2014 4:01 pm EST



The Denver City Council overwhelmingly voted to allow adults to smoke marijuana on their front porches and private property -- even if the pot smoking is in clear public view.


In a resounding 10-3 final vote Monday evening, City Council finally approved the measure eliminating a controversial front-yard pot smoking ban introduced in November, which previously appeared poised to pass with a 7-5 vote.


"Fortunately, common sense ultimately prevailed," said Mason Tvert, communications director of Marijuana Policy Project and key backer of Colorado's marijuana legalizing Amendment 64, to The Huffington Post. "If adults are able to consume alcohol -- and even smoke cigarettes -- outside on their private property, there's no logical reason why they should be prohibited from using a less harmful substance."

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@dkessler4


Denver Criminal Marijuana Citations 19 times HIGHER in 2013 than in 2012


Amendment 64 legalized the possession and use of limited amounts of pot for adults 21 and over, but it didn't legalize public consumption of cannabis on streets, sidewalks, parks or any other public place, for that matter.

But apparently that message didn't quite reach Denver and Boulder residents, as public pot consumption tickets have skyrocketed in both cities since Amendment 64 passed.

dkessler4
dkessler4

@valleynative @NormalPerson  That's just not very likely.  During our first prohibition many in Arizona went to Mexico to drink and liquor from Mexico was available in some places in Arizona.  How much do you see of it today?  A few years back our county attorney estimated that 75% of the cartel profits came from marijuana.  Although this estimate is probably too high it is clear that legalizing marijuana in a manner where cartel marijuana could not sneak into the legal system would deal a major financial blow to the most violent people in the hemisphere.  Colorado has developed a system to follow the marijuana from seed to sale and should be looked at as a model to use in Arizona when it is made legal.  By the way, although voters may have mixed feelings about the image that comes with marijuana legalization in Colorado, more appear to be in favor of legalization since just last year according to a recent poll there.  

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