New Mexico Once Again Pushes To Legalize Marijuana
Good news New Mexicans, they're trying it again. Check out the details here ...
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham presented the New Mexico Senate with a new plan to legalize weed last week. It's not the first one but, hopefully, this will be THE one.
Here are a few key points from the Las Cruces Sun-News:
- Legal marijuana. First and foremost, it legalizes marijuana for those 21 and older.
- Taxation. It would keep taxes on pot between 17 and 19 percent, make medical marijuana tax-free and subsidize medical marijuana completely for low-income patients.
- Bans "pot-free" zones. Limits can be placed on how many stores are allowed in a certain area but, sales can't be banned outright. (These "no sale" zones seem to create illegal operations.)
- Low License fees. Big businesses and the government have taken over in other legal states. This plan keeps licensing fees low ... about $500 a month ... while preventing government-run stores. Thus, "leveling the field" for small-time operators.
If passed, legalization could take effect by Summer, 2021. It's not the first time they've tried it in New Mexico but, this proposal seems to have the best chance at actually passing yet. For a rundown of the entire plan, click here.