Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Apodaca is calling for the expansion of New Mexico’s medical marijuana program and for legalization of recreational use.
Apodaca released his plan Thursday, saying New Mexico is losing out on jobs and tax revenues that could be generated by the industry.
New Mexico’s medical program has grown exponentially and now has more than 50,000 patients. Record sales were also reported in 2017.
At a recent forum, Republican Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce expressed reservations about legalization.
Among the other Democratic candidates, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she would support a measure that includes adequate health and enforcement measures to prevent underage use and workplace problems.
State Sen. Joseph Cervantes has sponsored unsuccessful legislation to decriminalize possession of small quantities of pot but has said the state isn’t ready yet to legalize.