New Mexico’s Governor and high-ranking Senate leader are optimistic that cannabis authorization would be approved in this session. Both of them recently made comments about the expected merits of the new reform.
Governor Grisham Michelle Lujan who featured the reform as a component of her 2021 legislative program she launched this month. During a TV interview, she asserted that she’s bullish about marijuana reform furthering saying that expectations indicate that the state is gaining several millions of dollars from tax proceeds and gaining thousands of job opportunities.
Although the massive economic boost expected from cannabis legalization is a crucial component, legislators are also seriously considering social equity issues.
In terms of protocol, the top legislator asserted that its pertinent for lawmakers to be discussing their respective reforms early to resolve differences as much as they can before the matter reaches the floor or committee. Failure to tackle those concerns within time is partly the reason why lawmakers failed to ascend legalization in 2020’s brief session.
A reform to authorize recreational marijuana was approved by one Senate caucus last year, however, it was rebuffed in another Senate before the conclusion of the 30-day session.
During 2019, the House passed an authorization reform that features provisions to table cannabis sales in government-operated shops, but it failed to advance past the Senate.
Wirth said that he understands lawmakers have been working hard in 2021, shaping and creating reforms which are important for this type of legislation.
He added that the recent, post-election set up of chief committees has assisted in facilitating the conversation and staying ahead of discrepancies.
More pressure to decriminalize cannabis in 2021 is stemming from the nearby Arizona, where residents passed authorization late last year and sales were officially legalized last week. New Mexico is also a neighbor of Colorado.