Governor of New Mexico Starts Campaign to Legalize Marijuana

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Calling
it
a
potential
“an
economic
game-changer”
for
the
state,
New
Mexico
Gov.
Lujan
Grisham
initiated
a
campaign
to
legalize
recreational
marijuana.

“The
legislature
has
the
opportunity
to
pass
the
largest
job-creation
program
in
New
Mexico
in
a
decade,”
Grisham
said
this
week
as
she
outlined
her
legislative
priorities
for
the
new
session,

as
quoted
by
local
news
station
KOB.

“Skeptics
have
been
right
to
preach
study
and
patience.
I
agree
with
their
caution

and
that’s
why
we
haven’t
rushed
into
this
issue.
But
if
we
are
clear-eyed
about
the
risks,
we
have
to
be
clear-eyed
about
the
opportunity.”

Grisham,
a
Democrat
who
previously
served
in
Congress
before
being
elected
as
governor
of
New
Mexico
in
2018,
reiterated
the
call
for
legal
weed
in
a
meeting
with
local
business
leaders
at
a
luncheon
Thursday
hosted
by
the
Greater
Albuquerque
Chamber
of
Commerce.

“Recreational
cannabis
is
an
economic
game-changer,”
Grisham
said,
as
quoted
by
the

Albuquerque
Journal. 

“It
is
an
incredibly
important
opportunity,”
Grisham
added.
“We
are
serious
about
getting
it
passed.”

There
is
reason
to
think
Grisham
might
have
the
people
on
her
side.
A

poll

released
last
month
by
Marijuana
Work
Group,
an
organization
trying
to
promote
legal
weed
in
New
Mexico,
nearly
three
in
four
voters
in
the
state
support
legalization.

Grisham
has
been
telegraphing
this
move
for
a
while.
Last
year,
she
spearheaded
a
working
group
tasked
with
studying
legal
weed
in
the
state;
the
group
ultimately
proposed
an
oversight
system
that
would
cap
taxes
on
recreational
pot
at
about
17
percent.

But
the
group’s
findings
did
little
to
persuade
skeptical
New
Mexico
lawmakers.

Pushback
on
Pot

“I
could
sit
here
and
rant
and
rave
all
day
long
and
I
intend
to
do
that
when
it
comes
to
the
legislation
part,”
said
Republican
state
house
Rep.
Martin
Zamora,

as
quoted
by
the
Associated
Press.

“I
just
want
more
factual
stuff

more
scientific,
more
medical,
in
a
more
direct
way.”

That
underscores
the
challenges
the
lie
ahead
for
Grisham
and
other
advocates.
Previous
efforts
to
legalize
marijuana
in
New
Mexico,
including
a
bill
that
passed
the
state
house
last
year,
have
fizzled
in
the
legislature.

Should
this
effort
succeed,
New
Mexico
would
join
11
other
states,
most
recently
Illinois,
that
have
already
lifted
the
prohibition
on
legal
recreational
pot
use
for
adults.

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