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Marijuana is now legal in New Mexico: What you need to know

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SANTA FE, New Mexico — New Mexico legalized the possession of recreational cannabis on Tuesday and allowed hobbyists to start growing their own weed at home, as regulators prepared for the launch next year of recreational marijuana sales.

The milestone was celebrated by cannabis consumers and advocates for criminal justice reform that believe poor and minority communities have been prosecuted disproportionately in campaigns against illicit marijuana.

As of Tuesday, the scent of marijuana no longer serves as adequate cause for searching vehicles and property in New Mexico.

Under the "New Mexico Cannabis Regulation Act," residents who are 21 and older are allowed to possess and buy up to two ounces of cannabis, 16 grams of cannabis extract, or up to 800 milligrams of edible cannabis, in one purchase. State residents can have a bigger supply of cannabis in their homes.

Those 21 and older and grow up to six plants per person, or 12 plants per household without a permit. The cannabis plants must be grown in discretion, meaning a neighbor cannot see a person's cannabis plant maturing.

Under the act, law enforcement can't stop or detain a person solely if they smell like cannabis. However, if a person is caught driving under the influence of cannabis, a DWI is possible.

While personal recreational use became legal Tuesday, licenses to sell cannabis are expected to start no later than April 1.

New Mexico joined a new wave of states that have legalized marijuana through the legislative process rather than by ballot initiative. That has allowed for innovations such as marijuana “microbusiness" licenses that will allow up to 200 pot plants at seed-to-sales cannabis operations.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham heralded the day as "a huge step forward both for social justice and economic development in our state.”

After legalization efforts repeatedly faltered in the Legislature, Lujan Grisham called a special legislative session in March to tackle cannabis reforms and signed a bill in April.

“We are proactively stopping the disproportionate criminalization of people of color for cannabis possession, and we are building a new industry," Lujan Grisham said in a news release.

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  1. This doesn’t make any sense; you can smoke & possess marijuana in New Mexico but you can’t drink alcohol on a casino floor (Sunland Park).

  2. Just like Texas’ permit law, no one obeyed the old law anyway. The only difference now is that the cartels in Mexico lose some of their revenue.

    1. No they don’t. Have you not seen the Fetenol busts lately and the human trafficking in this area? I’ve said it a dozen times. The cartels are a step ahead. For every drug we make legal, they will just produce something else more addictive and more dangerous. If will never change. We have too many weak, whiny, woke Americans who can’t handle the daily stresses of life. Therefore there will be a never ending market for drugs. Liberals love it and support it. They want people as addicted as possible. Easier to control them that way.

    2. Cartels lose revenue? The cartels make their real money off of heroine, fentanyl, cocaine and human trafficking not marijuana nitwit.

    3. More dopers in Colorado buy from the cartels than the licensed pot shops because it is much cheaper, and often laced with other substances.

  3. Marijuana arrests will go up here, because those stupid dopers will forget to remove it from their car when they enter Texas. Easy pickins!

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