On Tuesday, during her State of the State address, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said that the time has come for the state to legalize marijuana.
Last week, the New Mexico governor officially included marijuana legalization in her 2020 agenda and said that marijuana reform represents a lucrative economic opportunity for the state, and more than two-thirds of New Mexico residents are in favor of the marijuana reform. There is a possibility of marijuana legalization being approved, which would make New Mexico the twelfth state in the U.S. to legalize recreational marijuana.
Lujan Grisham further said that adult-use marijuana could be the next cutting edge of economic expansion in New Mexico. He said that they could start from the bottom, or they can play catch up with other states.
In a tweet, Lujan Grisham said that 75% of New Mexicans support legalization of recreational marijuana and that three out of four of the residents want to utilize the economic potential of the marijuana industry, and it is their responsibility as leaders to give them what they want.
The governor further said that legalization would mostly benefit rural communities through job creation as well as the availability of better-paying jobs.
The governor also noted that for years, they have been hearing and debating proposals on recreational marijuana, but every time they would postpone and say it is not their time or they are not ready. They have also watched other states struggle in some areas of legalization and thrive in others. The governor said that it is easy to get a no, but it is harder to create something worthy and new, and New Mexico is ready for adult-use marijuana legalization.
The governor noted that her reform proposal was structured around the input her working group gathered from the community members and law enforcement.
Lujan Grisham also said that the Working Group laid out a vision where the state of New Mexico would use every tool in their economic tool belt while strategically adopting the best practices to create a thriving and secure new industry which would provide employment opportunities for thousands of New Mexicans and plough back hundreds of millions in revenues to the cities and counties. The tax generated would be used for public safety and health care.
The governor further said that the time has come when they should stop holding themselves as well as the state’s economy back. She added that New Mexico should legalize adult-use marijuana this year, which would be a sufficient reason to stay, work, and build a satisfying 21st-century career.
After the governor included legalization in her 2020 agenda, a lawmaker filed a bill a day later to accomplish the governor’s goal. Even though the governor is in favor of legalization, in a recent interview, she said getting the measure approved could be a tough job.
Lujan Grisham said that her goal is to create a legal, fair, and productive mechanism for marijuana, and even though they have the support, she knows that there will be challenges in the Senate, but they will do their best to overcome them.
Even though recreational marijuana legalization was not approved last year, the New Mexico governor signed legislation decriminalizing marijuana possession. According to experts, that decriminalization law is seen by various industry actors, such as No Borders Inc. (OTC: NBDR), as a step in the right direction toward ultimate legalization.
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