By Brian Bernadel


(Photo by Aaron Lavinsky)

A Republican state legislator who openly admits to smoking cannabis in the past is backing a measure that would reduce the penalty for possessing less than two ounces of marijuana.

Rep. John Fillmore, R-Apache Junction, introduced House Bill 2228 in January.

Current Arizona law states that possession of any amount of marijuana is a felony and is punishable by one and a half years in prison and up to $150,000 in fines.

But Fillmore’s measure would make possession of less than two ounces a petty offense and would only be punishable by a fine of no more than $100.

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