Bill to Legalize Recreational Marijuana in New Mexico Likely Dead in Committee

It was backed by the governor, the vast majority of the state’s population, and had even been reviewed by a committee in January. But it now appears that there will be no further movement for SB 115 this year, meaning New Mexico’s cannabis legalization dreams will have to wait for the next legislative session. 

On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-4 to table the bill.

“We’d have no chance of getting it through now,” said its sponsor Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino, who remained positive despite the bad news. “This is a setback, but I think in the long run it will produce a better bill.”

Likewise, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan was not thrilled by the day’s events, but seemed unshaken in her resolve to legalize in her state. “I am disappointed but not deterred by tonight’s committee motion,” she said in a statement. “The door remains open. We will keep working to get it done, and ultimately we will deliver thousands of careers for New Mexicans in a new and clean and exciting industry, a key new component of a diversifying economy.”

Lujan has been a serious booster for marijuana access in New Mexico. In January, she

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