New Mexico Legislature to Consider Bill to Tax and Regulate Marijuana

Feb 06, 2015 Bill McCamley, HB 120, HB 160, New Mexico


[caption id="attachment_8525" align="alignright" width="214"]McCamley Rep. Bill McCamley[/caption]

Last week, New Mexico State Rep. Bill McCamley introduced HB 160, the Cannabis Revenue & Freedom Act. This bill would treat marijuana similarly to alcohol, allowing adults 21 and over to use, possess, and cultivate limited amounts of marijuana with no penalty. HB 160 would also set up a taxed and regulated market for marijuana production and sale.

While HB 160 is an important reform that should be passed, the New Mexico legislature is also considering another bill that would unfairly target marijuana consumers. HB 120 would declare anyone with an extremely small amount of THC per millimeter of blood guilty of driving under the influence — even if the person could prove they were actually not impaired! Although intoxicated driving should not be tolerated, knee jerk ideas like per se limits are unethical, unnecessary, and not supported by science.

If you are a New Mexico resident, please email your legislators and ask them to support sensible marijuana reform like HB 160.