SANTA FE, N.M. (Jan. 5, 2018) – A bill pre-filed in the New Mexico Senate would give voters the opportunity to amend the state constitution and legalize marijuana, setting the foundation to nullify the unconstitutional federal prohibition on cannabis in practice.
Senate Joint Resolution 4 (SJR4) is scheduled to be introduced on Jan. 16 by Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-12). The legislation would initiate a voter referendum to amend the New Mexico state constitution, inserting language that authorizes the legalization of marijuana. Under the proposed change, the state would tax and regulate marijuana similar to alcohol.
If SJR4 passes by a two-thirds majority in both legislative chambers, it would ultimately be put to the voters to decide during a future election.
SJR2 would amend Article 20 of the New Mexico state constitution to read as follows:
“Possession and personal use of marijuana shall be lawful by persons twenty-one years of age or older only if the legislature provides by law for:
A. the production, processing, transportation, sale, taxation and acceptable quantities and places of use of marijuana to protect public health and safety; and
B. any state revenue generated from the taxation of marijuana to be
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