SANTA FE, NM (KRQE) – State lawmakers are returning to Santa Fe Tuesday for a special legislative session dedicated to legalizing recreational marijuana. This comes after the suggestion for recreational marijuana was not followed in the 60 day session.
New Mexico lawmakers split in a special session on recreational marijuana
The session could cost around $ 50,000 per day. Since this is a controversial bill, it is unclear how long the session will last. The special session will likely focus on how sales are taxed, how to prevent entry by those under the age of 21, and how to deal with sales to those with previous cannabis beliefs.
The Associated Press reports that of the 15 states with sanctioned recreational marijuana markets, New Mexico is only the third or fourth state to legalize recreational cannabis through the Illinois and Vermont legislative process. The Virginia-approved legalization law is currently awaiting the governor’s signature.
During the session, the governor will also ask lawmakers to consider a proposed economic bill to expand LEDA funding. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the public is still not allowed in the roundhouse.