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2021 Capitol Report, March 18

INTRO:

THERE ARE LIMITED HOURS LEFT IN THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION, BUT IT APPEARS LEGALIZING RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA MAY MAKE IT TO THE END AFTERALL.

KOB4’S CHRIS RAMIREZ REPORTS FROM THE ROUNDHOUSE.

TIME: 1:29                                           OUT: STANDARD

LEGALIZING RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA IS ALMOST AT THE FINISH LINE.
AROUND 1 IN THE MORNING, SENATE JUDICIARY NARROWLY PASSED THE CANNABIS REGULATION ACT.
IF FULLY PASSED, ADULTS 21 YEARS AND OLDER WILL BE ALLOWED TO POSSES UP TO 2 OUNCES OF MARIJUANA… OR 12 OUNCES OF EXTRACT.
NEW MEXICANS CAN ALSO APPLY TO GROW AND SELL THE DRUG.
ONE OF THE BILL’S SPONSORS –REPRESENTATIVE JAVIER MARTINEZ OF ALBUQUERQUE– SAYS THE BILL INCLUDES SEVERAL SOCIAL JUSTICE MEASURES AS WELL.

<Rep. Javier Martinez>
“Social justice is not limited to the expungement mechanism or not having an automatic bar against people with prior convictions from participating. Those are in the bill, and they’re very distinct obviously, but there are a lot of different layers of this bill that I think really respond to the needs of communities of color” <:20>

THE BILL WENT THROUGH A FEW CHANGES DURING LAST NIGHT’S COMMITTEE AFTER SENATORS WORRIED THAT THE BILL DOESN’T CAP HOW MANY PLANTS A PERSON CAN GROW.
AN AMENDMENT CALLS ON THE REGULATION AND LICENSING DEPARTMENT TO SET A PLANT LIMIT, REQUIRE INDEPENDENT TESTING OF POTENCY AND PROHIBIT PRODUCERS FROM STACKING LICENSES TO PREVENT MONOPOLIES.  GOVERNOR MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM SAYS SHE WILL SIGN THE BILL IF IT MAKES IT TO HER DESK.
AS OF THIS MORNING, 109 PIECES OF LEGISLATION HAVE MADE IT OUT OF BOTH CHAMBERS. THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION ENDS SATURDAY AT NOON.
FOR THE NEW MEXICO NEWS NETWORK, I’M CHRIS RAMIREZ, KOB4.

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