New Mexico panel set to advise governor on adult-use marijuana legalization

New Mexico cannabis business stakeholders and others will provide input via a new committee for a recreational marijuana legalization measure set for introduction in the state’s Legislature in 2020.

The panel, which will make legislative recommendations to the governor, comes after a bipartisan legalization bill stalled without a vote in the state Senate in March.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat who created the committee, signaled her intention to revive legalization legislation next year.

“This group will ensure we begin the next session with a credible, equitable and cohesive legalization proposal,” Grisham said of the new committee in a statement.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, the Cannabis Legalization Working Group will include at least 19 state lawmakers, cabinet secretaries, law enforcement officials and medical marijuana executives

The panel will work through the summer and fall. Its mission, among other things, is to identify best practices from other states and jurisdictions that have legalized adult-use cannabis sales.

One priority: If the sale of recreational cannabis is approved, it “does not infringe on or harm our expanding medical cannabis program,” according to the governor.

2 comments on “New Mexico panel set to advise governor on adult-use marijuana legalization
  1. Mike Duay on

    We just moved to New Mexico 6 months ago and are pleased with the governor and the efforts to legalize marijuana. It’s time.

    • Tim on

      I have epilepsy and I’m coming to NM for vacation in a few weeks. I live in Texas now. I used to smoke marijuana in college and had NO SEIZURES while taking no meds for 5 years. Not long after graduating from college I had to give it up so I could get a job. A few weeks after giving up marijuana I had a bad grand mal seizure and I’ve been on several meds everyday since. I want to start using medical marijuana to control my seizures.
      What do I need to do after getting to NM to access medical marijuana? I’m thinking of moving there. Thanks!


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