Two New Mexico Marijuana Legalization Bills Advance Through Senate Committee As Session’s End Nears

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A New Mexico Senate panel advanced two competing marijuana legalization bills at a Tuesday hearing as lawmakers work to merge a handful of proposals into a single measure ahead of a legislative deadline later this month. The Senate Tax, Business and Transportation committee unanimously passed a Republican-led Senate bill to legalize and regulate marijuana for adults 21 and older at the hearing. In a separate 7–4 vote, the panel also advanced an amended version of House legislation approved by that chamber late last month. The NM Senate Tax, Business & Transportation Committee voted to do-pass CS/CS/HB 12/a (7-4). The bill enacts the Cannabis Regulation Act, a plan for regulation and licensing of commercial #cannabis production/distribution/sale/consumption by people 21+. #nmleg #nmpol #nmgov pic.twitter.com/1lnJ22TRFs — NM Senate Democrats (@NMSenateDems) March 10, 2021 Two other Senate proposals, SB 363 and SB 13, which the panel considered during an earlier hearing, were left by the wayside with the consent of their sponsors as lawmakers continue rolling the various bills into one. Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth (D), a member of the panel, voted in favor of both remaining bills, HB 12 and SB 288, acknowledging the need for lawmakers to continue ironing out the proposals’ remaining differences. “I’m moving them both forward because I think the discussion continues,” he said. “I don’t want there to be a sense that we’re picking a bill, one over the other.” The Senate Tax, Business & Transportation Committee voted to do-pass CS/*SB 288 (10-0). The bill would enacts the Cannabis Regulation Act, decriminalizing commercial cannabis for nonmedical adult use and creates a regulatory and tax structure. #nmpol #nmleg #nmgov #cannabisbill pic.twitter.com/XHnORBhUR8 — NM Senate Democrats (@NMSenateDems) March 9, 2021 Both measures now proceed to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Rep. Javier Martínez (D), a lead sponsor of HB 12,…

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