Capitol Update for January 22, 2020

Capitol Update for January 22, 2020

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As a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature prepared to take-in Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s state of the state address to begin the 2020 30-day session, a major question-mark issue is cannabis legislation.

Tom Trowbridge reports from the Roundhouse:

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Immediately after last year’s 60-day New Mexico Legislative session adjourned, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham went on record saying legalizing cannabis would be an issue for this year’s session.

Democrat Peter Wirth of Santa Fe is the Senate Majority Leader:

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A legalization bill passed the House of Representatives last year, but got stuck in a Senate Committee. Wirth says one of the issues within the Senate caucus is that members don’t want approving legal cannabis just as a means to raise revenues.

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Of course, THE issue this session is crafting a state budget, a task made much easier by New Mexico’s surplus funds this year thanks to the booming oil and gas industries.

For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge 

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