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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Recreational Marijuana Now Legal in New Mexico

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Marijuana becomes legal in a third of US states as New Mexico signs off on drug. Seven states have legalised the drug since last November alone.

Calling cannabis a “game changer” for New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill into law Monday that legalizes recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older.

“Congratulations to every single one of us in New Mexico for getting this right,” the governor said during a windy and socially distanced news conference on the west side of the state Capitol. “I couldn’t be prouder.”

The governor also signed into law a separate measure that expunges certain cannabis-related convictions, which could affect tens of thousands of people.

“There is work already on social justice,” said Lujan Grisham, adding the state Corrections Department has identified 100 people behind bars today who could be eligible for early release and that the New Mexico State Police identified 150,000 individuals whose convictions will be reviewed for possible expungement.

Legalizing adult-use cannabis brings about social justice “in ways in which we have been talking about and advocating for, for decades,” Lujan Grisham said.

“We know one thing, and I’m looking right at the Drug Policy Alliance when I say this,” the governor said. “It is a failed war on drugs which has disproportionately, negatively impacted communities of color, and this is a way to not only diversify our economy — good for local governments, good for the state government — but it means that we’re bringing about justice in every single community to so many New Mexicans who have waited far too long for us to get that done. And I congratulate this Legislature for getting this bill across the finish line.”

The bill signing comes after the governor called a special session to deal almost exclusively with legalizing recreational marijuana after lawmakers failed to reach agreement on the matter during the regular 60-day legislative session. Efforts in previous years had failed as well.

“I think today New Mexicans can finally exhale,” said Emily Kaltenbach, a state director for the Drug Policy Alliance.

But not everybody is thrilled about New Mexico becoming the 17th state in the nation to legalize adult-use cannabis. In a statement issued immediately after the bill signing ceremony, state Republican Party Chairman Steve Pearce said recreational marijuana would lead to more crime, underage use and impaired driving.

“The governor has a pipe dream of saving the state’s finances by hoping to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars from marijuana revenues, but it’s unclear just how much money will end up in state coffers,” he said.

According to the bill’s fiscal impact report, the industry could create about 11,000 jobs and create tens of millions of dollars in new revenue. According to preliminary estimates, the excise tax will generate at least $20 million for the general fund in the first full fiscal year and grow in subsequent years.

“I hope that all of the projections are more than realized,” Lujan Grisham said. “I really hope we exceed all expectations.” The law will go into effect June 29. “It will not be legal to possess or to grow your own until June 29th or later,” Regulation and Licensing Superintendent Linda Trujillo said.

Commercial sales will begin no sooner than April 1, 2022, and the issuance of licenses to conduct commercial cannabis activity will begin no later than Jan. 1, 2022.

Under the law, adults 21 and older can buy and possess up to 2 ounces of cannabis or 16 ounces of cannabis extract, or up to 800 milligrams of edible cannabis. The governor, however, won’t be partaking, at least not immediately.

“I just don’t really engage,” she said. “I have no reason not to when it’s ready to go, but I have no plans to rush out and do so. … I probably will just stay the course and look for endorphins in other places. But no opposition at all from this governor.” Several Democratic lawmakers attended the ceremony and touted legalization.

“It’s not the perfect bill, and the fact that we got a piece of legislation across the line is what had to happen,” Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth said.

“What’s important to me is that we have in place a structure.”

Changing Times

The US is nearing a tipping point of sorts on marijuana legalization: Almost half the country — about 43 percent of the population — now lives in a state where marijuana is legal to consume just for fun.

The past two months alone have seen a burst of activity as four states across the US legalized marijuana for recreational use: New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and, on Monday, New Mexico.

It’s a massive shift that took place over just a few years. A decade ago, no states allowed marijuana for recreational use; the first states to legalize cannabis in 2012, Colorado and Washington, did so through voter-driven initiatives. Now, 17 states and Washington, DC, have legalized marijuana (although DC doesn’t yet allow sales), with five enacting their laws through legislatures, showing even typically cautious politicians are embracing the issue.

At this point, the question of nationwide marijuana legalization is more a matter of when, not if. At least two-thirds of the American public support the change, based on various public opinion surveys in recent years. Of the 15 states where marijuana legalization has been on the ballot since 2012, it was approved in 13 — including Republican-dominated Alaska, Montana, and South Dakota (although South Dakota’s measure is currently held up in the courts). In the 2020 election, the legalization initiative in swing state Arizona got nearly 300,000 more votes than either Joe Biden or Donald Trump.

Legalization has also created a big new industry in very populous states, including California and (soon) New York, and that industry is going to push to continue expanding. One of the US’s neighbors, Canada, has already legalized pot, and the other, Mexico, is likely to legalize it soon, creating an international market that would love to tap into US consumers.

Sources: SantaFe New Mexican; Vox


  1. Whats the effect of the approval of recreational marijuana in important states(US)affected cartels income?

  2. Yeah. Make the stupid even stupider and unemployable, especially in the Barrio and the Hood.

  3. La Linea is making incursions into Parral, just executed Cell leader el Rojo in Valle de Zaragoza,,

  4. I voted NO on this

  5. I’m super proud of my home state and our governor....nm is finally on the brink of true greatness! NM after it is said and done will be a model if not for how you get new billions in revenue in just a years time, maybe with how you handle a pandemic as well! Ke viva Lujan-Grisham y arriva Nuevo Mexico!

  6. New Mexico drivers deuve bad enough now I can only imagine them deiving stoned...damn!
    People used to day stoners don't drive but Colorado has since allowing recreational marijuana seen stoned people involved in way too many vehicle accidents than they care to rwport/admit. Some fatal just like drunk drivers.

  7. I guess you could say that New Mexico really wants to live up to their motto. “Land of Enchantment”. Well, now there’s really going to be some enchantment going on. Lol.

  8. It's about time! The ones hating are probably getting drunk by noon!

  9. Smoke weed not meth.

  10. Look at all these dumb fucks thinking this is bad. Good to see foo progress hopefully federal legalization is next

  11. Look at all these dumb fucks thinking this is bad. Good to see foo progress hopefully federal legalization is next

  12. touristas ! here come the internationals arabs and asians who need to party and not get hung like back in singapour ! big bucks and jobs with bennys at the cannabis stores. delivery, curbside pickup and drive thrus ! spend yo money !

    1. Ya I’m packin my bag now carnal


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