New Mexico cannabis company stakeholders submit recreational legalization recommendations to Governor

Longtime cannabis advocate and first-year Governor Grisham feels confident that state lawmakers will consider just how powerful legalization could be for the state’s economy

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New Mexico cannabis company stakeholders submit recreational legalization recommendations to Governor

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

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A fresh new insight into the potential of legalizing recreational cannabis in New Mexico will be put before state lawmakers by members of a newly-formed committee inaugurated by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.

The Cannabis Legalization Working Group – which is comprised of 19 state lawmakers and a number of industry experts who own stakes in cannabis companies – will congregate during the State’s 2020 legislative session to aid the Governor in her quest to revive adult-use cannabis legalization in New Mexico.

“This group will ensure we begin the next session with a credible, equitable and cohesive legalization proposal,” declared Grisham in a recent statement. 

New Mexico’s bipartisan measure to legalize cannabis died in the Senate in March 

Back in March, a bipartisan legalization bill to legalize recreational weed in New Mexico fell flat in the Senate, after it failed to scoop a vote. Hopefully, this latest effort will make a difference. 

In addition to the state lawmakers who constitute a significant chunk of the Cannabis Legalization Working Group, some other members include medical cannabis executives and cabinet secretaries, all of whom are actively following the ever-evolving legal weed industry. 

New Mexico’s lawmakers hope to enact legalization that will put the state in a prime position to launch a well-established and regulated industry. Through monitoring the sale of cannabis in other weed-friendly states, officials are optimistic that they will be able to provide quality cannabis products to consumers, all the while focusing on the prevention of public safety issues. 

“[It] does not infringe on or harm our expanding medical cannabis program,” affirmed the governor in regards to establishing a regulated cannabis program in New Mexico.

Gov. Grisham is an avid supporter of cannabis legalization in New Mexico

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(Pictured) Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

The eagerly awaited 2020 legislative session will commence in January. During this time, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham feels confident that lawmakers will take a different approach to cannabis prohibition in New Mexico. 

Longtime cannabis advocate and first-year Governor Grisham is hopeful that state lawmakers will consider just how powerful legalization could be for the state’s economy.

“Better that we embrace it, deal with the public safety issues, be earnest about it, be upfront about it and don’t try to narrow the public’s involvement with a 30-day legislative session. Let’s do it on the front end and let’s do it right,” she expressed during a recent news conference. 

Since legalization has provided state governments with a brand new source of consistent revenue, the economic implications of legal cannabis in New Mexico – where over two million people live – could be very lucrative indeed.