The governor of New Mexico seems poised to sign a bill to legalize marijuana first thing next week, with a sponsor of the reform legislation telling Marijuana Moment that she’s received a “save the date” notice for what appears to be a signing ceremony on Monday.
The legislature sent Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) an adult-use legalization proposal late last month after approving it in a special session that she convened specifically to finalize the reform. Advocates have been eagerly awaiting its signing, though there are procedural reasons it has not yet happened.
Rep. Andrea Romero (D), a sponsor of the reform bill, told Marijuana Moment on Friday that the governor’s office reached out to her and other lawmakers recently and told them to keep their schedules open on Monday.
“We received a ‘save the date’ with no other information that has been confirmed at this point,” she said. “That’s all the info I have so far.”
Romero similarly told KUNM this week that the signing ceremony is “loosely” set for Monday, though “we’re still very fluid.” She added that the legislation first had to be vetted through a “thorough process” by the Legislative Council Service before being certified and formally sent to the governor’s desk.
Also expected to be signed soon is a separate bill concerning expungements for prior cannabis convictions that passed during the special session.
A spokesperson for Lujan Grisham did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation of the possible Monday signing event but told Marijuana Moment earlier this week that governor was first planning to take action on more than 150 bills that passed during the regular session before dealing with those approved in the short special session.
In any case, it seems that gubernatorial action is imminent to make New Mexico the 18th