Capitol Update for Monday, March 11
Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, 2019-03-11
For the first time, a New Mexico legislative chamber has approved a bill to legalize recreational use of cannabis: a-k-a, marijuana.
Tom Trowbridge reports from the Roundhouse.
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Late last week, the New Mexico House of Representatives, by the slimmest of margins: a 36-34 vote with no Republicans voting in favor, approved a proposal to authorize recreational marijuana sales and consumption for people 21 and over in New Mexico.
Albuquerque State Representative Javier Martinez is the lead sponsor of House Bill 356, the Cannabis Regulation Act:
Colorado, whose voters approved recreational weed in 2012, has seen an influx in state revenues thanks to the legalization. But Republican State Representative Jack Chatfield of Mosquero isn’t convinced our neighbor to the north is the example to follow:
The measure approved by the House now goes to the Senate, where it has limited support among Democrats, but does have at least three Republicans who believe cannabis legalization is inevitable.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office says she’s open to the issue, and is awaiting final action from the Senate before making a final decision.
For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge