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Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 4:15 am | Updated: 10:50 am, Tue Apr 22, 2014.

Legal marijuana users would help fund programs designed to prevent others from trying the drug under the terms of legislation given preliminary Senate approval Wednesday.

The state Department of Health Services already collects fees from those who have a state-issued card to use marijuana for medical purposes and from dispensaries that can legally sell to them. SB 1389 spells out those funds should be spent on various programs for “preventing and reducing marijuana use for recreational purposes,” including brochures, TV commercials and newspaper ads.

Sen. Ed Ableser, D-Tempe, questioned the whole concept, noting that voters approved marijuana for medical purposes in 2010, concluding that its use is appropriate. Ableser said this kind of campaign could end up “sending a mixed message.”

But Sen. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa, said it's no different than telling people they should use painkillers only when needed and not for fun. The measure needs a final roll-call vote – and a three-fourths margin

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