The governor, a Democrat, has supported marijuana reform as a technique to create jobs and shore up state income. Her workplace in an advisory mentioned she was scheduling a invoice signing ceremony and information convention for later within the day.
New Mexico voters ousted ardent opponents of legalization from the state Senate within the 2020 Democratic main, opening the way in which for legalization of leisure marijuana. The governor referred to as a particular legislative session to sort out the problem in late March after legalization efforts faltered.
Legislators rallied behind a legalization framework from state Rep. Javier Martinez of Albuquerque that gives automated procedures for expunging previous pot convictions.
The invoice provides the governor a robust hand in oversight of leisure marijuana via her appointed superintendent of the Regulation and Licensing Division. Regulators can put a cap on marijuana cultivation portions and impose a per-plant state price of as much as $50 a 12 months.
A few of the state’s medical marijuana producers lobbied for market controls amid considerations that marijuana costs would possibly plummet with the legalization of leisure marijuana, undermining investments and employment.
Folks age 21 and over can be allowed to purchase and possess as much as 2 ounces (28 grams) of marijuana exterior their houses.
Dwelling marijuana growers can be allowed to develop as much as six vegetation per individual, or 12 per family. The scent of marijuana will not be grounds for police seizures.