Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed in New Mexico Legislature

A constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana has been pre-filed in the New Mexico Senate.

The legislation, filed by SenatorĀ Gerald Ortiz y Pino, would amend the New Mexico constitution by adding a new section that reads: “Possession and personal use of marijuana shall be lawful by persons twenty-one years of age or older only if the legislature provides by law for:

A. the production, processing, transportation, sale, taxation and acceptable quantities and places of use of marijuana to protect public health and safety; and

B. any state revenue generated from the taxation of marijuana to be distributed to the general fund.”

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Legislation to Legalize Cannabis in New Mexico Announced

A new proposal to legalize recreational cannabis will be filed in the New Mexico Legislature this month, with Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino as the primary sponsor.newmexico The measure will be a constitutional amendment, and will be modeled after Colorado’s Amendment 64.

Given that the proposal is being filed as a constitutional amendment, its approval through the House and Senate will send it to the voters next fall, meaning it would bypass the state’s governor, who publicly opposes the legalization of cannabis.

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