Proponents of recreational marijuana eyeing 2019 legislative session | KOB 4

Proponents of recreational marijuana eyeing 2019 legislative session

Ryan Laughlin
December 15, 2018 01:34 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The Santa Fe City Council approved a resolution which urges New Mexico lawmakers to make recreational marijuana legal.


State Rep. Javier Martinez is backing legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in 2019.

Martinez, a Democrat, said November’s “blue wave” could help their chances of getting the law passed.

In 2019, Democrats will control the state House and Senate, along with the governorship.

Despite being an advocate for change, Martinez understands there are concerns about recreational marijuana, from Democrats and Republicans.

“I think that those voices that might have some reservations about it can actually bring a lot to the table,” Martinez said.

Under the proposed bill, the legal age to buy marijuana would be 21 years old. The bill would also focus on protecting medical marijuana patients and set aside tax revenue for drug treatment resources.

People in the medical marijuana industry will be closely watching what happens in Santa Fe in 2019.

Stephanie Waddell, the manager of Ultra Health, a dispensary in Bernalillo, said they have their eyes on the future.

“If rec. does happen, we will be ready for it," Waddell said.


Ryan Laughlin

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