New Mexico State Senator Says He's Optimistic His Recreational Marijuana Bill Will Pass

Many are waiting for the next state to make the major step of legalizing recreational marijuana, and according to one state senator, the state to watch is New Mexico.

New Mexico State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino says he believes a bill he recently introduced to legalize recreational marijuana will pass in the near future. A similar bill was introduced last year in the New Mexico state house, but it failed to get enough support. But Ortiz y Pino says it's different this year with more Democrats in the state legislature thanks to the 2018 election.

“We have a strong, new Democratic majority (in the house),” Ortiz y Pino said. “We have all the momentum right now. I think this is the year."

One important change the state recently made is by electing Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. The newly elected Democrat has said she's open to legalizing marijuana, something her predecessor was opposed to doing. So perhaps with support from the governor, other Democrats in the legislature will finally pull the trigger on recreational marijuana.

However, he said the odds of the bill passing by March 16th, the end of the current legislative session, is only "50-50."

You'd think they'd notice their northern neighbor Colorado has been pretty much celebrating marijuana legalization, and realize it's probably a good idea for them to do so as well.

(h/t Weedmaps)


On Sunday, Bernie Sanders unveiled his proposal to overhaul the criminal justice system. Cannabis legalization is central to his plan. "We must legalize marijuana nationally, expunge past marijuana convictions and ensure revenue from legal marijuana is reinvested in the communities most impacted by the failed War on Drugs," he wrote on Twitter.

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