New Mexico

New Mexico House Of Representatives Passes Recreational Marijuana Legalization Bill

The New Mexico House of Representatives voted to approve a bill on Friday that would legalize recreational marijuana for adults. The measure, House Bill 12, was passed by a vote of 39 to 31 and now heads to the New Mexico Senate for consideration. Under the bill, commercial production and sales of cannabis would be legalized, regulated, and taxed. Adults 21 and older would be permitted to purchase up to two ounces of marijuana at a time and cultivate up to six mature cannabis plants. Amounts in excess of two ounces would have to be stored securely at the owner’s […]

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Recreational Cannabis Bill Heads to New Mexico House Floor

New Mexico just passed a recreational cannabis bill through committee in the House, and the next step is the House floor for debate.  House Bill 12 passed through the House Taxation and Revenue Committee at an 8-4 margin. The bill is sponsored by Javier Martínez and Andrea Romero, both Democrats.  The bill now features some concessions from those who voted on it in committee. Instead of specifying that cannabis taxes would go specifically to medical cannabis patients and communities disproportionately affected by the war on drugs, it doesn’t specify where the tax money will go. Those supporting the bills want […]

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New Mexico Lawmakers File Recreational Legalization Bill

New Mexico could be the next state to legalize cannabis, as two recreational bills were just introduced into the state Senate this week and are already being looked at favorably by advocates, legislators, and even the governor.  These two bills take different approaches, one a bit more conservative than the other. The first, Senate Bill 288, takes the more conservative approach, as it would require a mile between dispensaries, making sure that there isn’t too heavy a concentration of neighborhoods selling cannabis. It would also impose an excise tax of 2 percent to cannabis sales in order to make revenue […]

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New Mexico Judge Rules Inmates Have A Right To Medical Cannabis

A state district judge in New Mexico has ruled that inmates and parolees have a right to use medical marijuana and that correctional institutions must provide access to cannabis to qualified patients, even if they are behind bars. Last week’s ruling from 2nd Judicial District Judge Lucy Solimon was entered in a lawsuit against Bernalillo County’s Metropolitan Detention Center brought by Joe Montaño, an Albuquerque resident who was convicted of drunk driving in 2019. After Montaño was convicted, he successfully completed a court-ordered mental health treatment program and was allowed to serve a 90-day jail sentence under house arrest. Among […]

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NM lawmakers will again weigh legal cannabis in 2021; here's what needs to be worked out – Las Cruces Sun-News

Algernon D’Ammassa, Las Cruces Sun-News Published 6:00 a.m. MT Nov. 11, 2020 | Updated 6:31 a.m. MT Nov. 11, 2020 CLOSE Business interests are lining up, years before New Jersey legalizes marijuana. But it won’t be easy to get your foot in the cannabis market. Here are three problems facing the weed industry. SANTA FE – In the winter legislative session, New Mexico lawmakers will once again consider legislation to decriminalize cannabis for recreational use in the state, though questions still remain over the scope of the legislation and whether licensed producers can meet the anticipated demand.  State Rep. Javier Martínez, […]

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New Mexico lawmakers consider liquor license overhaul, recreational cannabis – Santa Fe New Mexican

State lawmakers on the Economic and Rural Development Committee on Tuesday discussed a plan to dramatically overhaul New Mexico’s liquor license laws to make it easier for small-business owners and new entrepreneurs to start or expand a business amid the economic downturn spurred by the pandemic. Rep. Moe Maestas, an Albuquerque Democrat who chairs the committee, said the pandemic is prompting a conversation about possible wholesale change in a state where a limited number of liquor licenses are bought and sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. “Liquor licenses became a commodity,” Maestas said, decrying a price he called prohibitive […]

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Lawmakers consider liquor license overhaul, recreational cannabis | Legislature | New Mexico Legislative Session – Santa Fe New Mexican

State lawmakers on the Economic and Rural Development Committee on Tuesday discussed a plan to dramatically overhaul New Mexico’s liquor license laws to make it easier for small-business owners and new entrepreneurs to start or expand a business amid the economic downturn spurred by the pandemic. Rep. Moe Maestas, an Albuquerque Democrat who chairs the committee, said the pandemic is prompting a conversation about possible wholesale change in a state where a limited number of liquor licenses are bought and sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. “Liquor licenses became a commodity,” Maestas said, decrying a price he called prohibitive […]

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Growing Forward: Education – New Mexico Political Report

In this week’s episode of Growing Forward, the collaborative podcast between NM Political Report and New Mexico PBS, we take a look at education.  Dispensary employees must reach a certain level of required certification, but what kind of knowledge should patients expect from those who are dispensing their medication? Shanon Jaramillo runs a local cannabis education and staffing agency. She said her goal is to make sure New Mexico implements a new and rigorous education program in order to make sure dispensary employees are giving the best advice to new patients who may have never used cannabis before. Her concern […]

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