New Mexico may very well be one of many subsequent states to affix the green wave as state lawmakers put together a measure to legalize leisure marijuana for adults. Rep. Javier Martinez, a Democrat from Albuquerque, stated lately that the laws ought to be able to introduce within the state legislature quickly.

“It’s a giant, sophisticated invoice,” Martinez said. “We’re wrapping up the ultimate touches. It is a invoice, at this level, 5 years within the making.”

Martinez, who has championed hashish legalization annually he has been in workplace, stated that this yr’s invoice is concentrated on three major ideas.

“The primary one is defending and enhancing the medical hashish program which has been a godsend for a lot of sufferers throughout the road,” he stated. “The second precept is making certain fairness in the way in which we construct out this business, significantly repairing the struggle on medication of individuals of shade, and final however not least making certain we’ve got a sensible regulatory and taxation framework, so we’re not over taxing an business that’s simply getting off its face in order that the rules aren’t overly burdensome on significantly the small enterprise facet of this business.”

State Sees Financial Alternative In Hashish

New Mexico’s oil and fuel business, a significant employer within the state, has seen a downturn as a result of impression of the COVID-19 pandemic on the worldwide financial system. Many state leaders, together with Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, consider that authorized hashish will carry new alternatives to the state.

“It is a very daring, very strong try at diversifying the financial system,” Martinez said.

“ you’re looking at tourism {dollars} coming in from out of state, you’re looking at investments coming in that may assist spur financial development and never simply in city areas however maybe, extra importantly, rural communities,” he added.

Earlier makes an attempt to legalize leisure hashish in New Mexico, which legalized medical marijuana in 2007, confronted opposition from Republicans and conservative Democrats. However new faces within the legislature make passage of a legalization invoice this yr extra seemingly.

“Voters purged most conservative Democrats from the New Mexico state Legislature on this yr’s major election,” the Santa Fe New Mexican reported final month. “Their departure means legalization of leisure marijuana has its finest likelihood ever of passing.”

Bipartisan Effort Might Succeed In 2021

Even some Republicans have advocated for hashish coverage reform in New Mexico. Sen. Mark Moores was considered one of a number of GOP lawmakers to introduce a marijuana legalization invoice in 2019 that may have established hashish dispensaries operated  by the state. He stated lately that he’s keen to work with Democrats to get the job accomplished in 2021.

“I feel there’s quite a lot of senators and representatives on each side who’re keen to work on the problem,” Moores said.

Democratic Home Speaker Brian Egolf stated he expects a legalization invoice to move within the decrease chamber of the legislature in the course of the 60-day session that started on January 19, and that he believes the invoice will get a “a lot friendlier” response within the Senate this yr.

“I feel its chances are high a lot improved,” Egolf stated.

“Legalization is coming,” Martinez stated throughout a legislative committee listening to in November. “Right here in New Mexico, I feel persons are prepared for it.”