New Mexico Marijuana Legalization Bills Get First Hearing This Week

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As the governor of New Mexico steps up her push to enact marijuana legalization, a House committee is set to take up two separate proposals to end cannabis prohibition at a hearing this weekend. One bill that will be considered by the Health and Human Services Committee on Saturday incorporates social equity provisions sought after by advocates. Introduced by Rep. Javier Martínez (D), it would allow adults 21 and older to possess “at least” two ounces of cannabis and grow up to six mature and six immature plants for personal use. It would also create a system of regulated and taxed cannabis sales. Of the four separate legalization bills that have been introduced in the New Mexico legislature so far this session, Martinez’s is the only one that includes provisions to automatically expunge prior cannabis convictions and use tax revenue from marijuana sales to support reinvestments in communities most impacted by the war on drugs. The lawmaker’s proposal would require rules for the market to be implemented by January 2022. However, existing medical marijuana dispensaries would be allowed to launch adult-use sales starting in October. Some revenue from legal sales would be used to support a community reinvestment program for communities impacted by the war on drugs and to assist low-income medical cannabis patients. Notably, the chair of the House panel taking up the bill this weekend is a cosponsor of Martinez’s bill. The other bill scheduled for Saturday’s hearing, sponsored by Rep. Tara Lujan (D), is more limited in scope. It would allow adults 21 and older to purchase and possess up to two ounces of cannabis. Personal cultivation would be prohibited, but growing up to three mature plants would be decriminalized, punishable by a $500 fine without the threat of jail time. The language from Lujan’s legislation is…

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