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Yee offers medical marijuana reforms as alternative to repeal (access required)

Peoria resident Michael Cardenas, 19, said he’s happy to finally have a place he can purchase medical marijuana. Cardenas was one of several people waiting Dec. 6 to buy pot from Arizona Organix, the state's first medical marijuana dispensary. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times.)

A Republican state senator is gaining bipartisan support for bills that would reform Arizona’s medical marijuana law rather than repealing it, as one Republican lawmaker would prefer.

Sen. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, introduced four bills late Monday that she says strengthen Arizona’s medical marijuana program, making it more workable in the long term.

Yee’s proposals come as Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, wants voters to repeal the medical marijuana law in 2014 with a revote on the system narrowly approved by Arizona voters in 2010.

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