New Mexico was set to become the 16th state to legalize recreational marijuana after a bill was passed by the legislature on Wednesday, joining a national movement to review anti-drug laws that are seen as more of a barrier to racial justice and the economy.
Gov. Michel Luzhan Grisham, a Democrat, said he would sign the bill, which would remove marijuana use records for personal use. In a statement, he said that workers, entrepreneurs և the government will benefit from the new industry, creating jobs ային tax revenues.
“And those who have suffered from this country’s failed drug war against disproportionate colored communities will benefit from our state’s smart, fair, just approach to past low-level condemnation,” he said.
The bill was passed the same day New York State legalized recreational marijuana. Lawmakers in both states said they were motivated by the legitimate, tax-generating industry that had previously operated underground to end arrests for low-level crimes.
Under New Mexico law, people over the age of 21 were allowed to have up to two ounces of marijuana, and individuals could have up to six plants in the house, or up to 12 households. Sales would begin no later than April 2022, with a 12 percent tax rate eventually rising to 18 percent plus gross income taxes.
The industry will be regulated by the state և In 2023, the state will generate about $ 20 million in revenue for the state, plus $ 10 million for local governments, according to a financial analysis quoted by The Albuquerque Journal.
According to the Pew Research Center, New Mexico is part of a growing consensus in the United States to decriminalize marijuana, with 91 percent of Americans in 2019 supporting legal medical or leisure use. Voters in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota opted to legalize recreational marijuana in November, while Mississippi and South Dakota became the 34th and 35th states to allow medical marijuana.
The New Mexico bill passed the Republicans’ objections, but not everyone was against legalization. some just clashed over details, including whether the industry would be taxed, licensed, or regulated.
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Emily Kaltenbach, New Mexico’s director general, welcomed the passage of the bill.
“Today’s adoption of the cannabis legalization-deportation package will provide fair opportunities for farmers, other small businesses, long-overdue justice, including automatic deportation, for those who have previously had cannabis arrests or convictions,” he said in a statement.
According to the Associated Press, the sentences of about 100 prisoners will be reviewed under the new law.