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New Mexico lawmakers debate marijuana legalization bill as time runs short


SANTA FE, New Mexico -- With fewer than 24 hours left in this year's legislative session, senators are expected to vote on a bill that will legalize recreational cannabis in New Mexico.

At noon on Friday, the New Mexico Senate was set to consider a number of bills, including House Bill 12, otherwise known as the "Cannabis Regulation

"We are able to tax it and generate revenue off it," State Sen. Jeff Steinborn of Las Cruces told ABC-7. "It's inevitable."

"I don't believe in the concept yet of New Mexico having marijuana available with what I believe this would lead to," said State Sen. Joseph Cervantes of Las Cruces in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Cervantes was the lone Democrat on the committee to oppose the legislation, which passed 5-4 in that committee early Thursday morning.

"I'm hesitant to believe we are ready for it," said Doña Ana County Sheriff Kim Stewart, who served on a governor's committee to consider legalizing the plant in 2019. "We can be optimistic, but I certainly have concerns."

Call your senator in southern New Mexico:

  • State Senator Joseph Cervantes (D): (505) 397-8820
  • State Senator Crystal R. Diamond (R): (505) 986-4703
  • State Senator Carrie Hamblen (D): (505) 397-8827
  • State Senator William P. Soules (D): (505) 397-8850
  • State Senator Jeff Steinborn (D): (505) 397-8820
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Kate Bieri

Kate Bieri is ABC-7’s New Mexico Mobile Newsroom reporter and co-anchors ABC-7’s weekend evening newscasts.


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