Will New Mexico Get Legal Marijuana? State Representative Files Pot Legalization Bill

New Mexico will move one step closer to legalizing marijuana in the new year. A state representative has pre-filed a bill that would legalize marijuana and hemp in the state, Albuquerque’s KOB TV reported Tuesday, and he plans to introduce the bill during the Legislature’s next session in January.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Bill McCamley, would allow people age 21 and older to purchase and use pot legally. It would also legalize the production and sale of industrial hemp in New Mexico. Under the proposed legislation, the state would be permitted to regulate marijuana growers and distributors.

Much of the bill’s language is similar to the “Cannabis Revenue and Freedom Act,” McCamley’s previous attempt to legalize marijuana in his state. That bill was killed in a House committee last February, according to New Mexico Political Report.

“It's disappointing, but it's not surprising,” McCamley...

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