Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed in New Mexico
Legislation to legalize marijuana has been filed in New Mexico’s House of Representatives.
The Cannabis Revenue and Freedom Act was filed by Representative Bill McCamley (D-LasCruces). It would allow those 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of cannabis, or up to two ounces at home. The possession of up to seven grams of cannabis concentrates (such as hash and oil) would also be allowed; as would the personal cultivation of up to six cannabis plants (up to 12 per household).
The proposal would establish a regulated system of cannabis retail outlets, supplied by licensed cultivation centers. Cannabis would be taxed at 15%; however, the measure leaves it open for cities and counties to enact an additional 5% tax.
According to an Albuquerque Journal Poll released in October; 61% of likely New Mexico voters support legalizing cannabis for all uses. Just 34% oppose the move, with 5% undecided. Support is drastically higher than the average among those aged 18 to 34 at 82% in favor.
Click here for the full text of the Cannabis Revenue and Freedom Act.