SANTA FE, NM – Right this moment, a legislative committee voted in favor of taxing and regulating marijuana in New Mexico. On a vote of Four-Three New Mexico State Senator Ortiz y Pino’s (D-12-Bernalillo) Senate Joint Decision Four (SJR4) handed the Senate Guidelines Committee. Senators Lopez, Ortiz y Pino, Ivey-Soto, and Steinborn all voted in favor of the decision; Senators Papen, Moores, and Pirtle voted in opposition to.
The decision would enable for the possession and private use of marijuana by individuals 21 years of age and older and for the regulation of the manufacturing, sale and taxation of marijuana in New Mexico.
“Right this moment’s vote units in movement the method to place the difficulty on a 2018 statewide poll for voters,” stated Emily Kaltenbach, New Mexico state director with the Drug Coverage Alliance. “Marijuana prohibition in New Mexico has clearly failed. It hasn’t diminished use and as an alternative has resulted in mass criminalization, appalling racial disparities, and massive fiscal waste. Senator Ortiz y Pino’s decision will enable our legislature to rethink how we will improve the well being and security of all New Mexicans by way of smart reforms.”
Polling information from 2016 reveals New Mexicans’ attitudes in direction of modifications in marijuana coverage have shifted. Outcomes present a 60 p.c majority of New Mexicans polled are in favor of reforming present marijuana legal guidelines.
“It is going to be tough to move the decision by way of each chambers in a 30-day session, however introducing it will be significant,” stated Kaltenbach. “We additionally hope to debate the deserves and challenges of marijuana legalization with legislators through the interim session, in addition to with their constituents. Suggestions from these conversations will make for one of the best, most rigorously thought out coverage proposal for 2019.”
A nationwide shift on marijuana legalization is underway. Regardless of the stance of the present federal administration, simply final week the Governor of Vermont signed a invoice to tax and regulate marijuana. That makes 9 states, and Washington D.C. which have legalized marijuana for grownup use. And 29 states now allow the usage of medical marijuana, together with New Mexico. Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon have introduced in a whole bunch of hundreds of thousands of in tax income from marijuana taxation, and the fears of prohibitionists haven’t been borne out in these states.
The Drug Coverage Alliance’s newly launched report From Prohibition to Progress finds that states are saving cash and defending the general public by comprehensively regulating marijuana for grownup use. There have been dramatic decreases in marijuana arrests and convictions, saving states hundreds of thousands of and stopping the criminalization of 1000’s of individuals.
The report additionally finds that: youth marijuana use has remained steady in states which have legalized; entry to authorized marijuana is related to reductions in a few of the most troubling harms related to opioid use, together with opioid overdose deaths and untreated opioid use problems; DUI arrests for driving underneath the affect, of alcohol and different medication, have declined in Colorado and Washington, the primary two states to legalize marijuana; and, on the similar time, states are exceeding their marijuana income estimates and filling their coffers with a whole bunch of hundreds of thousands of .
The Drug Coverage Alliance (DPA) is the nation’s main group working to finish the battle on medication. DPA fights for drug insurance policies grounded in science, compassion, well being and human rights.