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Uncertainty looms over recreational marijuana bill

Kai Porter
Updated: February 12, 2020 05:11 PM
Created: February 12, 2020 03:48 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The fate of a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in New Mexico is up in the air.

Senate bill 115 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday evening.

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Supporters of the bill claim legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana for recreational use would create 11,000 jobs and generate $100 million in tax revenue over five years.                 

State Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, a Democrat, believes there’s a good chance the bill may die in committee.

“I would say in that committee, it’s going to be about a 50/50 chance of getting out of committee,” he said. “We have some support but we have a lot questions, and that’s really what the whole point of it is to try to get at the core issue.”

Republican Sen. Mark Moores, who servers on the Senate Judiciary Committee, opposes the bill,

“This bill does not protect the safety of New Mexicans,” he said. “It doesn’t do enough to keep marijuana out of the hands of children, it doesn’t do enough to protect our streets from impaired drivers.”

If the bill passes the Senate Judiciary Committee, it will still need to clear one more committee to clear before the entire Senate can vote on it. If it were to pass the Senate, it would head over to the House for consideration.


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