Arizona will become the third state to legalize recreational marijuana use in 2019, the state Senate voted Tuesday to take up the measure in a 13-10 vote.
The vote was delayed after an emotional debate over the issue that drew national attention.
Arizona became the first state in the nation to legalize pot in 2016, but it’s not legal to possess or use it for recreational purposes yet.
The measure now moves to the state’s Senate, where a second vote is expected to be held.
“It’s time to let the chips fall where they may, to let Arizona become a leader in this issue,” Republican Sen. Mike Noel, the bill’s sponsor, said at the time.
“Our jobs are on the line.
Our families are on this issue.
We’re a nation of laws.
We can’t let Arizona slip backwards.”
The measure is one of a handful of pot-related legislation currently on the state senate floor.
The bill was introduced by Republican Sen in the state Assembly, Brian Bochum, in June.
It would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to six ounces of marijuana and grow up to five plants at home.
The current penalty for possessing marijuana is a $200 fine and six months in jail.
The law also requires that marijuana be stored in an enclosed, locked container and that retailers be licensed.
The Arizona Senate voted in favor of the bill last month.
The state Senate’s first legislative session begins July 4.