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Voters could decide on marijuana measure this fall

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TUCSON - Tucson Republican lawmaker Todd Clodfelter believes legal recreational marijuana in Arizona is inevitable.

"Be in front of it, not behind it," Clodfelter said. "It's all being the leaders we were elected to be and working together for the benefit of the community and the benefit of the state." 

In November 2016, Prop 205, a recreational marijuana initiative narrowly failed at the ballot box.

Clodfelter and Phoenix Democrat Mark Cardenas introduced a new pot bill at the statehouse to once again let voters decide this fall.

"Working with the democrats is not  something you shouldn't be doing," Clodfelter said. "I've got people on the right side who are not happy with me collaborating with the enemy so to speak." 

Parts of House Concurrent Resolution 2037 include: 
-No more than one ounce of legal marijuana for personal use
-Allows for cultivation of up to six plants    
-Tax established on sale of recreational marijuana
-Cities can choose to prohibit marijuana businesses

One opponent of this legislation is Robin Purdy. Her husband, Bruce, was killed riding home on his motorcycle in 2012. The driver who hit him had marijuana in her system. 

"The woman was not texting," Purdy said, "there was not other reason for her to be in his lane and hit him head on unless she had some kind of impairment from being high. There was no other reason. I miss my husband every single day. It doesn't go away, it doesn't get better."

Neighboring states California, Colorado and Nevada all legalized recreational pot. Colorado did so in 2012. California did so in 2016. This current legislation must pass out of the House and Senate in Phoenix in order to get on the Nov. 6 midterm ballot.

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