New Mexico Governor Says Marijuana Legalization Is A 2021 Priority

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The governor of New Mexico announced on Wednesday that marijuana legalization is one of her administration’s 2021 legislative priorities. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) released her agenda for this year’s session, and part of her plan to bolster the economy and increase revenue to the state is to enact a legal cannabis market. A outline of her proposal states that New Mexico should legalize marijuana “through legislation that protects the state’s medical cannabis program, provides for workplace safety and roadway protections and enforcement and clear labeling of products.” My priorities for New Mexico's upcoming legislative session include delivering additional pandemic relief, fully funding early childhood education, legalizing recreational cannabis, and expanding and improving access to health care and behavioral health resources. #AllTogetherNM — Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) January 13, 2021 Doing so will establish “an essential new revenue source for the state and employment source for tens of thousands of New Mexicans,” it says. “New Mexico will recover from this challenging year,” the governor said in a press release. “The question is what kind of future we want to make for ourselves after we put these crises behind us.” “We still have the power to decide what we will become. And the time to decide is this session, this year,” she said. “We can choose to return to the same-old, or we can set ourselves up to roar back to life after the pandemic, ready to break new ground and thrive.” Lujan Grisham has been a strong advocate for reform, arguing since she was elected that marijuana legalization would represent a positive fiscal opportunity for the state, especially amid budget shortfalls caused by the coronavirus pandemic. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 200 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters…

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