- HB 2 creates a regulatory framework for authorized productions and gross sales of hashish in New Mexico.
- Business gross sales would start no later than April 1, 2022.
- A separate invoice expunging prison data and convictions for hashish additionally superior Wednesday.
- Present lawmakers barred from licenses as hashish producers till July 2026.
SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico aimed to grow to be the most recent state to legalize hashish for grownup use when lawmakers authorised a invoice regulating a brand new hashish trade Wednesday night time, sending it to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham for her signature.
The Hashish Regulation Act decriminalizes possession and use of hashish for residents aged 21 and older, and establishes a regulatory and licensing framework for business manufacturing and gross sales. Business gross sales of hashish to New Mexico adults would start no later than April 1, 2022.
The Democratic-led New Mexico Legislature convened a two-day particular session Tuesday, simply 10 days after its 60-day common session ended with out finishing a invoice.
For the particular session, hashish laws and associated justice measures have been damaged up into two payments: One establishing the regulatory and licensing framework, together with plant depend limits for producers in addition to caps on the variety of crops for people and households; and the opposite addressing expungement of prison data and sentences.
Shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday, the state Home concurred on an amended hashish invoice that handed the Senate on a 22-15 vote after two lengthy days of detailed and, at instances, contentious debate. Simply earlier than 9:30 p.m., the Home adopted the Senate in adjourning the particular session.
Republicans and a few Democrats dissented from the legalization invoice, which proponents promised would open a profitable trade for producers within the state whereas preserving public security and redressing historic harms — notably to folks of coloration and decrease incomes — from a long time of criminalization of hashish use.
Generally identified as marijuana, hashish remains to be categorised as an unlawful narcotic beneath federal legislation, whereas more and more states (with the addition this week of New York) have begun to legalize grownup use.
Throughout debate over the expungement invoice, New Mexico Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, mentioned the laws was an effort “to undo the worst penalties of what is been referred to as ‘the warfare on medication,'” whereas New Mexico Senate minority chief Greg Baca, R-Belen, famous the invoice had been amended 12 instances and referred to as it “rushed and poorly written.”
Nonetheless, it handed the Senate 23-13 and finally cleared the Home by a vote of 41-28, sending it on its option to the governor’s desk.
After each chambers adjourned the particular session, Lujan Grisham confirmed through Twitter that her “signing pen is prepared” for HB 2 when it reaches her workplace.
Algernon D’Ammassa could be reached on Twitter @AlgernonWrites.