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Bill seeks recreation, taxable marijuana for New Mexico

Kai Porter & The Associated Press
January 25, 2019 06:21 PM

SANTA FE, N.M.- Democratic legislators have introduced a bill to regulate and tax recreational marijuana sales for people 21 and older across New Mexico.

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Filed on Thursday, the House Bill 356 would allow counties and cities to opt out of the market and establish a 9 percent surtax on commercial cannabis sales.

"Prohibition has not worked. We have waged a war on drugs at the federal level and consequently at the state and local level for 50 plus years with terrible consequences," said Democratic Rep. Javier Martinez, who is sponsoring the bill. "Cannabis has been proven time and time again to be less dangerous than tobacco and alcohol. Yet we regulate and tax those two industries."

Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has said she could support the authorization of recreation marijuana if concerns are first addressed about preventing child access and solving issues of intoxication while driving and workplace safety issues.

Republican Rep. Gail Armstrong, who represents Catron, Valencia and Socorro counties, says she has concerns about the effects legalizing marijuana would have on public safety, but she doesn't outright oppose the bill.

"I want to find and make sure everyone's protected. And if that's the case and everyone's protected and public safety's good I would probably vote for it."

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