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Michelle Luján Grisham Promises Marijuana Legalization in 2020

Michelle Luján Grisham Promises Marijuana Legalization in 2020

New Mexico Governor Michelle Luján Grisham (D) said she will add a proposal next year to make New Mexico the 11th state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana. A bipartisan proposal to legalize recreational cannabis through state-run stores narrowly won state House approval this year but stalled in the Senate. It was the first time a recreational marijuana bill passed a chamber of the NM state Legislature. The state House did, however, reduce penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana, passing a measure that would impose a $50 fine on someone caught for the first time with up to half an ounce of marijuana. The offense would also be considered a civil citation instead of a criminal misdemeanor. Another bill expands medical marijuana access and puts in place legal protections for employees or job applicants who use medical marijuana. Both bills now await a signature from Luján Grisham, who is expected to approve them. She assured constituents that next year’s 30-day session will include the issue of legalization. According to a 2016 Drug Policy survey, 69% of New Mexico residents support the legalization and regulation of marijuana for adults. Supporters say taxing and regulating marijuana would create a predictable and significant revenue stream for the state. More here.

Morehouse College Appoints New Board of Trustees Members

Morehouse College Appoints New Board of Trustees Members

Southern Poverty Law Center Taps Tina Tchen After Founder’s Firing

Southern Poverty Law Center Taps Tina Tchen After Founder’s Firing