Feb 19, 2021
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On Monday, the House Health and Human Services Committee advanced (7-4) Rep. Javier Martinez’ HB 12, which would legalize cannabis for adult use. The bill now heads to additional committees for consideration.
In addition to legalizing personal possession of at least two ounces of cannabis, HB 12 would also allow home cultivation of six mature plants, provide for automatic expungement of prior cannabis convictions, and use tax revenue to reinvest in communities disproportionately impacted by prohibition.
Top lawmakers have signaled that this could be the year New Mexico moves forward with legalization, and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has included legalization in her list of priorities for the 2021 session.
It’s important your lawmakers hear from you. Email them today and urge them to support ending prohibition this year.
Polling has shown that a majority of New Mexicans support legalizing, taxing, and regulating cannabis for adult use, and 15 states — including New Mexico’s neighbors, Arizona and Colorado — have legalized cannabis for adults 21 and older.
After you email your lawmakers, please forward this message to your family and friends and ask that they do the same.