Commentary: Lawmakers Should Be More Involved With Recreational Marijuana

By Kevin DeMenna, DeMenna Public Affairs
Published: Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 2:35pm
Updated: Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 3:58pm
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Right now, it’s legal to use marijuana recreationally in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Illinois will soon join the ranks as its governor recently signed a legislative bill into law allowing for the sale and recreational use of marijuana starting Jan. 1.

Some Arizonans, like Kevin DeMenna who's a senior adviser at DeMenna Public Affairs, think elected leaders should play more of a role in crafting policy related to the recreational use of marijuana.

A former legislative analyst and current lobbyist, DeMenna says, if anything, market forces demand the attention of the legislature and governor.

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