ASU researchers and advocates are seeking to end a state law that allows marijuana shops to operate, as Arizona moves toward a legalization law.
A proposed Arizona law that would allow marijuana dispensaries to operate in the state has failed in the Legislature, and the governor is likely to sign the measure into law, state Sen. Paul Penzone, R-Tempe, said Wednesday.
The bill, SB 1441, passed the Senate in March but failed in a special session in April, when lawmakers and the chamber’s Republican majority rejected the measure.
The measure would have created a regulatory framework for marijuana shops that would have allowed them to operate while still complying with state regulations.
But the measure did not get a vote in the House of Representatives, and President Donald Trump’s administration blocked the bill in its current form.
Penzone said Wednesday that he was hopeful that lawmakers would return to the Senate and pass the bill.
“We’re hopeful they’ll come back to the table,” he said, referring to Trump.