Democrat Ruben Gallego Introduces Arizona Marijuana-Legalization Bill

ARIZONA: 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.

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.