MJ....appreciate your passion for our legislative changes. It's not perfect, yet strides have been made after stonewalling for last 8 years....no pun intended.
Currently, decriminalization is only for Santa Fe and Bernalillo Counties. SB 258 voted (33-9) March 1st to pass and thereby reducing penalties for adults who possess small amounts of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. That means ALL of New Mexico, not just Santa Fe and ABQ metro vicinity as previous passed by city councilors.
The bill was amended on the floor to reduce the amount that would be decriminalized from 1 ounce to ½ ounce.
According to recent survey, 69% of New Mexico residents support the legalization and regulation of marijuana for adults. With legalization comes taxing and regulations. Taxing and regulating marijuana would create a predictable and significant revenue stream for our cash-strapped state. Millions of dollars of new revenue in New Mexico could go a long way towards funding Medicaid or drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs.
So, bipartisan committee, not voter approval as in Colorado and other states ....it's not the best, but it's something forward thinking, both decriminalization and legalization.
Lived in SO CO before/after legalization....there's problems there, but CO loves the $$. Tried a few samples but not par for me. Since legalization a strain on social services and undesirables arrived, an increase in crime and hospital visits has occurred....CO isn't perfect either.
Having grown 38 years in NM, like myself, many others will continue to do just that, regardless of legislation. For those that can't/won't grow....state operated (Ultra Health, no doubt) is a viable option.
I've had several friends go to prison (NM) way before legislation occurred...several for possession which is now decriminalized and a few growing.
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