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Another Arizona legislator to propose legalization of rec-use marijuana

PHOENIX — The Arizona Capitol Times reported Monday that a southern Arizona state legislator intended to propose legalization of recreational marijuana use next year.

Rep. Ethan Orr (R-Tucson) wanted the proposal in place before voters have the chance to decide in 2016. Advocates for legalizing marijuana for recreational use have set their sights on putting a proposal on the state ballot next year.

Colorado and Washington are the only states that have legalized recreational use of pot.

Nearly a year ago, another state lawmaker — former Rep. Ruben Gallego — introduced a bill to legalize marijuana. The house voted down HB 2558, which would have regulated and taxed recreational pot use. Another bill, HB 2474, would have decriminalized simple marijuana possession.

Voters approved the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act in 2010.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.