Marijuana Legalization Stalls In NM Senate Panel

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A proposal to allow New Mexico voters to decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana has been stalled - for now.

The Senate Rules Committee failed Friday to debate the proposed constitutional amendment that would allow for the possession and personal use of marijuana for those 21 years of age and older.

The proposal's sponsor, Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, says he hopes the committee debates the measure next week.

If lawmakers approve the proposed constitutional amendment the question would be decided by voters in the general election.

However, the plan is likely to face difficulty in the Legislature, and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez opposes marijuana legalization.

Colorado and Washington state have legalized marijuana. Pot stores opened in Colorado last month, and sales should start in Washington later this year.

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2/7/2014 11:31:30 AM (GMT -8:00)

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