New Mexico Democrats Plan Cannabis Legalization Proposal

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New Mexico’s Democrats are planning a cannabis legalization proposal as the state’s 60-day legislative session kicks off Jan. 19, according to a KOAT report.

Although the legislature has failed to pass adult-use legalization bills the past two years, voters did not reelect some more conservative Democrats who opposed the issue in the 2020 election, and lawmakers now see a path forward for policy reform efforts, KOAT reported.

Rep. Javier Martinez is leading the effort to legalize cannabis this year, and told the news outlet, “I think we’re going to make this a very good bill and I think we’re going to pass it.”

Democrats currently hold the majority in both chambers of New Mexico’s legislature, KOAT reported, and Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has called for adult-use cannabis legalization in the past.

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