At the Roundhouse, a key New Mexico State Senate Committee this week tabled Senate Bill 115, which would have legalized recreational marijuana across the state.
Tabling a bill so late in the session essentially terminates it’s consideration in 2020.
Tom Trowbridge reports:
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Before the Senate Judiciary Committee considered the measure that sought to add New Mexico to the growing list of states that legalize the production, sale and taxation of cannabis, the measure had undergone some changes.
Sponsor, Albuquerque Democrat Jerry Ortiz y Pino has been working with both legalization pro-and-con to make it more acceptable.
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But fellow Democrat, Judiciary Committee chairman Joe Cervantes of Las Cruces says he was concerned with the role Senate Bill 115 gave labor unions in determining who would get marijuana distribution licenses.
Cervantes and fellow Democrat Richard Martinez of Espanola joined four Republicans in a six-to-four vote to table this year’s final attempt at legalization.
For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge