New Mexico: Legislators will not approve marijuana legalization till key authorized deadline has handed
Members of the New Mexico State House and Senate did not approve House Bill 12 before the adjournment of the 2021 legislature on Saturday to legalize and regulate the adult marijuana market.
A spokeswoman for Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Friday evening that “the governor is ready to call a special meeting to get cannabis right”.
“Lawmakers at the moment have once again failed to reform marijuana policy for the people of New Mexico, an overwhelming majority of whom support the legalization of adult cannabis.” said NORML State Policies Manager Carly Wolf. “In the meantime, thousands of their voters, disproportionately their color components, will continue to be burdened with criminal records and the associated lifelong sentences and stigmatization.”
House Bill 12 wanted adults to legally purchase up to two ounces of marijuana and 16 grams of cannabis extract from licensed retailers, and would also have allowed up to six mature plants to be grown at home for their own personal use. Under this move, those convicted of crimes involving possession of up to two ounces of marijuana possession would have been eligible for automatic expulsion, and those currently incarcerated for those offenses would have either a discharge or one Received revision of their sentence.