Arizona Bill Would Legalize Marijuana for Recreational Purposes

A bill filed last week in Arizona would authorize marijuana to be taxed and regulated similar to alcohol, legalizing the plant, and effectively rejecting the federal prohibition on the same.

House Bill 2007 (HB2007) was prefiled by State Rep. Mark Cardenas (D-Phoenix). If passed, people aged 21 and older may "possess, consume, use, display, purchase or transport marijuana accessories or one ounce or less of marijuana." They would also be allowed to "possess, grow, process or transport not more than five marijuana plants and the marijuana produced by the plants on the premises where the plants were grown, transfer one ounce or less of marijuana and not more than five immature marijuana plants to a person who is at least twenty-one years of age without remuneration," and "assist another person who is at least twenty-one years of age in any of the acts described" previously in this portion of the bill.

While other states have decriminalized marijuana or legalized medical marijuana through their legislatures, no state legislature has had the courage to pass a full legalization bill yet. Arizona has the opportunity to lead the way on this important issue, putting into practice the principles in Prop. 122 passed by voters last November.

CONSTITUTIONALITY

Congress and the president claim the constitutional authority to ban marijuana. The Supreme Court concurs. B

Never-the-less, nearly two-dozen states have taken steps to put the well-being of their citizens above the so-called federal supremacy by legalizing marijuana to varying degrees anyway.

“The rapidly growing and wildly successful state-level movement to legalize marijuana, either completely, or for medical use, proves that states can successfully effectively reject unconstitutional federal acts. The feds can claim the authority to prohibit pot all they want, but it clearly has done nothing to deter states from moving forward with plans to allow it, pushed by the will of the people,” Tenth Amendment Center executive director Michael Boldin said.

The momentum is on our side, but Arizona cannot legalize without your help. This effort needs your support to achieve victory.

ACTION ITEMS

If you live in Arizona, call your state representative and politely urge them to co-sponsor and support HB2007. Afterward, call your state senator and politely urge them to introduce similar legislation in their chamber. You can find their contact information HERE.

All Other States, you can still work to fight cannabis prohibition in your state. Call your state legislators and urge them to introduce a bill that fights cannabis prohibition such as our P.E.A.C.E. Act. You can find their contact information HERE.