New Mexico Governor Might Buy Marijuana At Some Point, Because Legalization Is ‘Going To Stay Forever’

New Mexico Governor Might Buy Marijuana At Some Point, Because Legalization Is ‘Going To Stay Forever’
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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D), who listed cannabis legalization as a top priority last year and called a special legislative session to get it done, was among the first in line last Friday morning when retail stores opened across the state. “This is a big day for New Mexico!” Lujan Grisham said during a visit to Everest Apothecary in Albuquerque. The governor left the shop empty handed, noting that she’s never before tried marijuana despite pushing hard for its legalization. But she left open the possibility that she would purchase legal cannabis products at some point. “Who knows,” she told local NBC affiliate KOB 4. “Today I don’t have to decide, because it’s not ending today. It’s going to stay forever.” Recreational cannabis sales have begun and New Mexicans are EXCITED! Thousands of sales have already been made today, with thousands more to come. We’ve created an incredible opportunity for economic growth in communities across the state, from Sunland Park to Clovis to Raton. pic.twitter.com/bMPy3eAYku — Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) April 1, 2022 Opening day of marijuana sales in New Mexico—what Lujan Grisham at one point called “Cannabis Day”—drew long lines of eager residents and more than a few customers who made the trip from Texas, where the plant remains illegal. Consumers spent more than $2.7 million before stores closed, Lujan Grisham said the following morning. “Today is, like, the fruition of a ton of work by a lot of incredible people making sure that New Mexicans have access to recreational adult-use cannabis in exactly the way they want,” the governor said during her dispensary visit, “and it’s a huge economic opportunity for the state.” Purchases of recreational cannabis carry a 12 percent excise tax on top of the state’s 8 percent sales tax. Beginning in 2025,…

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