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Legal cannabis fails session – KOAT New Mexico

The Senate Judiciary Committee decided in a six to four vote to table SB 115, the Cannabis Regulation Act that would have made recreational marijuana legal in New Mexico.The vote came after nearly two hours of public comments and deliberations between the committee and sponsors of the bill.Sponsors of the bill say “tabling” SB 115 means it’s “dead,” or failed the session. They say there is a very slight chance it will get picked back up during the last few days of the session.Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham reacted to the committee’s decision by saying in a statement:“Legalized recreational cannabis in New Mexico is inevitable. The people of New Mexico have said they want it. A diversified state economy demands it. Poll after poll has demonstrated that New Mexicans want a 21st century economy and want cannabis to be part of it: New Mexicans want more chances to stay here and build a career here; we want justice for those convicted of low-level, harmless cannabis-related offenses; we want an industry with firm and clear regulations that will keep our roads and places of business and children safe.”I am disappointed but not deterred by tonight’s committee motion. The door remains open. We will keep working to get it done. And ultimately we will deliver thousands of careers for New Mexicans in a new and clean and exciting industry, a key new component of a diversifying economy. We will deliver justice to the victims of an overzealous war on low-level drugs. We will protect our medical cannabis program and the New Mexico patients who rely on it for their medicine. I will keep working hard every single day to enact and serve the will of New Mexicans – on this and every other issue.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee decided in a six to four vote to table SB 115, the Cannabis Regulation Act that would have made recreational marijuana legal in New Mexico.

The vote came after nearly two hours of public comments and deliberations between the committee and sponsors of the bill.

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Sponsors of the bill say “tabling” SB 115 means it’s “dead,” or failed the session. They say there is a very slight chance it will get picked back up during the last few days of the session.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham reacted to the committee’s decision by saying in a statement:

“Legalized recreational cannabis in New Mexico is inevitable. The people of New Mexico have said they want it. A diversified state economy demands it. Poll after poll has demonstrated that New Mexicans want a 21st century economy and want cannabis to be part of it: New Mexicans want more chances to stay here and build a career here; we want justice for those convicted of low-level, harmless cannabis-related offenses; we want an industry with firm and clear regulations that will keep our roads and places of business and children safe.

”I am disappointed but not deterred by tonight’s committee motion. The door remains open. We will keep working to get it done. And ultimately we will deliver thousands of careers for New Mexicans in a new and clean and exciting industry, a key new component of a diversifying economy. We will deliver justice to the victims of an overzealous war on low-level drugs. We will protect our medical cannabis program and the New Mexico patients who rely on it for their medicine. I will keep working hard every single day to enact and serve the will of New Mexicans – on this and every other issue.”

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