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Is Legal Recreational Pot Coming To Arizona?

You might be able to light up a marijuana cigarette legally in Arizona before long. Phoenix Democratic Representative Ruben Gallego is proposing legalization of recreational pot in what he says is an effort to take a bite out of crime.

“The most important thing we want to do is to get marijuana out of the black market and take away this drug, which is a very profitable drug for cartels, out of the hands of, out of the cartels and put it into legitimate business owners,” Gallego said.

He says he envisions a heavily regulated marketplace for pot, with sellers going through a deep background check, paying a license fee, and abiding by state regulations on where you can sell and who you can sell to.

The lawmaker says he understands the bill will be a hard sell but hopes public opinion will sway opinion on the issue.

In the wee small hours of the morning, when most of us are working on REM sleep, Morning Edition host and reporter, Dennis Lambert busily prepares the news and information KJZZ listeners hear as they prepare for the day. He did that for KJZZ listeners from 1996 to 2016. Dennis retired in 2016.