A working group appointed by Michelle Lujan Grisham, Democratic Governor of New Mexico. On Wednesday presented her proposal for the legalization of cannabis in the state. The group formed in June. To present the equalization plan before the next legislative session. Which will begin in January 2020 and last only 30 days. New Mexico could thus be the next American state to legalize cannabis.
“During more than 30 hours of public meetings held in the state and 200 pages of public comments, members explored all aspects of legalization, whether good or bad,” said Albuquerque city councilor Pat Davis, chair of the working group. the group said in a press release.
Also,experts estimate that the government would create 11,000 jobs by legalizing, with sales reaching $620 million within 5 years. So,the combined tax revenue from the sale of cannabis for medical purposes estimation would be $100 million per year.
Among the recommendations, the working group plans to automatically remove previous convictions for cannabis possession . Also, to give priority to patients. By exempting medical cannabis from taxes and funding a subsidy program for low-income patients to reduce the cost of their treatment.
The House of State Representatives adopted a legalization bill last April .But blocked in a Senate Committee. New Mexico had nevertheless been able to decriminalize cannabis, which had been in force since 1 July.