Bills would legalize adult-use marijuana in New Mexico

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Proposed
legislation
in
New
Mexico
would

legalize
recreational
cannabis

sales
in
the
state.

Cities
and
counties
could
not
opt
out,
even
if
they
don’t
approve
of
adult-use
cannabis
sales,
under
the
proposed
bills,
although
they
would
retain
control
with
local
zoning
restrictions
and
hours
of
operations
for
the
retailers.

Under
mirror
legalization
bills
filed
in
the
New
Mexico
House
and
Senate,
licensed
recreational
marijuana
growers,
processors,
retailers
and
transporters
would
be:

  • Overseen
    by
    the
    state.
  • Every
    recreational
    dispensary
    would
    be
    required
    also
    to
    offer
    medical
    marijuana,
    making
    it
    the
    first
    in
    the
    U.S.
    to
    do
    so,
    according
    to
    Carly
    Wood,
    state
    policies
    coordinator
    at
    the
    National
    Organization
    for
    the
    Reform
    of
    Marijuana
    Laws.
  • “Micro
    business”
    licenses
    would
    be
    available
    to
    aid
    small
    family
    farms
    and
    entrepreneurs
    who
    have
    limited
    resources.

While
the
Democrats
control
both
houses
and
the

governor’s
office
,
Republican
House
Minority
Whip
Rod
Montoya
said
it
would
be
unfair
to
force
counties
into
allowing
marijuana
businesses
when
local
elected
officials
don’t
want
the
industry.



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