Gov. to call special session on cannabis regulation

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SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham will call a special session of the New Mexico Legislature tentatively for Wednesday, March 31 to address the regulation of cannabis in the state. House Bill 12, which would have legalized the sale and use of marijuana for New Mexicans age 21 and over, stalled in the Senate during the 2021 Legislative Session.

The Senate Majority Leader addressed the fact that there wasn’t enough time in the 60-day session to get it done. “When you have a Republican member with a shopping cart full of amendments and a lot of Red Bulls right next door, and you have a house that is stuck on three-hour concurrences, there was no way it was ready,” Sen. Peter Wirth (D) said.

“Legalized adult-use cannabis is one of the best moves we can make in our work to build a bona fide 21st century economy in New Mexico,” the governor said in a statement. “And New Mexicans are more than ready – poll after poll has demonstrated that our state wants this opportunity.”

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