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Hoping third times the charm when it comes to marijuana

An Arizona lawmaker is hoping the third time’s the charm when it comes to a pair of marijuana bills he’s pre-filed for the upcoming legislative session.


Rep. Mark Cardenas, D-Phoenix, is the sponsor of HB2002 and HB2003.

205 in November, which would have legalized recreational use of marijuana, Cardenas says this issue is not dead and that it will come up again.

HB2002 would reduce penalties for marijuana possession to a civil penalty or misdemeanor depending on the amount.

He is hopeful the new house leadership under House Speaker J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, will have a new attitude toward the bills.

“My read on it is there’s a lot of risk going down the road of legalizing recreational marijuana even if you have good intentions of revenue to come in and the voters of this state were not willing to go down that road. I agreed with that decision and I feel like it’s been put to bed at this point,” Speaker Mesnard said.

When asked about the decriminalization bill he said he’s, “willing to have conversations with anybody about the proper level of punishment for anything we say is illegal. ”

However, Mesnard says at this point he doesn’t feel there is anything wrong with the current setup adding, “If he (Cardenas) can point to some data or some information that would make me look twice, certainly we want to have good public policy in place and certainly we can visit that issue. ”

Cardenas, meantime, is optimistic that his bills will at least get a hearing at the upcoming session which starts Monday, Jan.

Source: Lawmaker hoping third times the charm when it comes to marijuana – CBS 5 – KPHO