Marijuana Legalization May Be Coming to New Mexico

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Marijuana Legalization May Be Coming to New Mexico

If Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has her way, New Mexico will become the 12th state to legalize the sale and possession of marijuana for recreational uses.


Gov. Lujan Grisham is backing legislation that would legalize marijuana for adults in the state and set up a way to tax it. The state Senate is considering legislation this week that embodies the governor’s goals.


Legislators also considered bills last year that would have legalized recreational marijuana. While such proposals did gain some bipartisan support, they failed to pass. This year, legalization legislation is encountering some pushback from those who supported the previous year’s bills. Republicans and moderate Democrats are expressing skepticism about this year’s plan.


Supporters of recreational marijuana legalization note that other states have removed legal restrictions on the drug, and are not seeing problems because of it. They also point out how much the state can raise in tax revenue from legalized marijuana. Opponents argue that this will set up conflicts with the federal government. Those who oppose this year’s legislation also have differing views on how it should be sold and regulated.


New Mexico legislators began a 30-day session last week. It is unclear if Gov. Lujan Grisham will have enough support to accomplish her goal of marijuana legalization this year.


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