New Mexico’s cannabis legalization bill is currently pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it was approved last year. In late February, the House of Representatives approved the reforms by a vote of 39-31.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham expressed support for legalization in her State of the State address in January, saying the industry could help the state’s economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic. She later tweeted that the reforms would create tens of thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions in new revenue for the state.
Senate Democratic majority leader Peter Wirth said in an interview with the Growing Forward podcast in January that he was more confident about legalization this year.
In last year’s election, Democrats, including the Senate leader and Finance Committee chairman, were defeated in the primaries by progressive challengers, raising the possibility of legislative support for legalization.
If approved, it would allow adults 21 years of age to purchase and possess cannabis products, and residents to grow up to six cannabis plants at home. Under the proposal, some medical cannabis providers would open on Jan. 1. January 2022 adult sales may begin.