On February 5th, 2018, the Criminal Justice Reform Study Group sponsored their first bill. This legislation would reduce possession of 3.5 grams of marijuana or below from a felony to a misdemeanor.

While the bill has yet to be assigned to a committee, it has already received positive feedback and support from both major parties.

Rep. Paul Mosley (R- District 5) is the main sponsor, but Rep. David Stringer (R- District 1) and Rep. Kirsten Engel (D- District 10) are among other major proponents of this bill. They have obtained 36 co-sponsors, including 18 Democrats and 18 Republicans, to support it.

Arizona has some of the strictest drug laws in the country, specifically for marijuana. It is also the last state in the country to bring the possession of any amount of marijuana down from a felony to a misdemeanor.

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