What a Week: First New York, Then New Mexico Legalizes Marijuana – CelebStoner

.page-container .pagenation ul li {list-style:none;} .page-container .pagenation ul {display:block; clear:both; float:left;} New Mexico joins neighboring adult-use cannabis states Arizona, Colorado and Nevada.

The states are falling like dominos. One day after New York legislators passed marijuana legalization, New Mexico did the same, making it the 18th adult-use state.

After Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham called a special session, the state legislature gathered in Albuquerque to focus on passing the Cannabis Regulation Act (HB 2).

On March 31, the House (38-32) and Senate (22-15) voted in favor. The bill now goes to the governor who will sign it.

Here are the highlights:

• Possession of up to two ounces (57 grams) allowed.

• Six plants at home – or up to 12 per household allowed.

• Recreational cannabis legal in 2022.

• Maximum 20% tax.

• No limits on the amount of licenses issued.

• Criminal records for personal posssession expunged.

• Those currently serving jail time for marijuana-related offenses to have cases reviewed.

In 2020, Gov. Grisham stated:

“The Legislature has the opportunity to pass the largest job-creation program in New Mexico in a decade. Skeptics have been right to preach study and patience. I agree with their caution – and that’s why we haven’t rushed into this issue. But if we are clear-eyed about the risks, we have to be clear-eyed about the opportunity.

“This program takes advantage of the experiences of other states, avoids their mistakes and provides a plan that is the right fit for New Mexico. We’re balancing public safety and workplace concerns with effective regulation.”

Grisham estimated legalization would create 11,000 new jobs in the state, from cultivation to retail, with sales of $620 million and revenues up to $100 million by year five of the program.

The other 16 adult-use cannabis states are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts,

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