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Las Cruces mayor, police worry about marijuana legalization in New Mexico

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico — The Las Cruces City Council spent several hours on Monday talking through a work session and presentation on the possibility of marijuana legalization in New Mexico.

The discussion was prompted by Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham’s announced plans to push cannabis legalization during the upcoming legislative session.

At the center of all the conversation was Pat Davis.

Davis is a pro-marijuana proponent and visiting city councilman from Albuquerque.

Davis presented a recent state poll that suggested over 70% of New Mexicans are in favor of legalization.

According to Davis, legalization would bring 11,000 new jobs created in first year alone.

"We want to be sure that everyone can get in the door," Davis said. "The cost grows as the business grows.”

He added that in his opinion, legalization would lighten the load on the state’s justice system.

“We recommend making pot and low level drug possession offenses automatic expungements from residents records," he told the council members.

But not everyone was on board.

The Mayor of Las Cruces said he was worried by reports he’s heard from community leaders in other states where pot legalization had already been passed.

“The parents of the children are dropping off their kids high," said Ken Miyagishima. “Pregnant teens are using it for nausea and it is hurting the babies.”

Las Cruces Deputy Police Chief Paul Brock also spoke, concerned with how legalization could raise department spending and adding data points that suggested a rise in heroin use could follow along with cannabis legalization.

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Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is an ABC-7 reporter who co-anchors Good Morning El Paso weekends.



  1. They want to legalize drugs but want to confiscate firearms from citizens.. you just can’t make that shit up. Leave it to the liberals and sjw weirdos. I guess they won’t be happy until the US is like Mexico where people are murdered every minute but not allowed to own a firearm to protect themselves.

    1. I sense gee dubb is scared and a coward. Basically not good enough to fend for himself. Here’s my take: legalize drugs, pass legislation for gun control, etc. I will stil bust your ass if you trespass. Gee dubb you are a true chicken shit. And you know it. Your posts scream fear!

  2. “70% of New Mexicans are in favor of legalization”. Of course they are. As a state they have some of the highest addiction rates in the country. They have one of the highest crime rates in the country. They have one of the highest alcohol related death rates in the country. Why not add the highest marijuana addiction rates to the list and make them THE top state for alcohol and drug misuse. Great idea Governor. Keep your people poor, addicted and dependent on the government for survival. You’re the perfect socialist. Don;t fool yourself lady. The pro-marijuana people are using the business side of the argument to push for legalization but they don’t care about the economics of it. They just want to be able to get high. The reality is, whatever money does come in doesn’t match the cost of addiction treatment and substance related traffic deaths.

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