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New Mexico bid for recreational marijuana is all but doomed

1 week 5 days 13 hours ago Thursday, February 13 2020 Feb 13, 2020 February 13, 2020 3:38 PM February 13, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By MORGAN LEE
Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's bid to become the 12th U.S. state to legalize recreational use of marijuana abruptly fell flat after state senators in a Legislature dominated by Democrats rejected a bill that would have forced permission for sales in all of the state's cities and towns. In a late-night committee vote Wednesday, two Democratic senators joined with Republicans in a 6-4 vote to halt a legalization bill born from yearlong legalization preparation effort by first-term Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The vote illustrates the difficulties of using the legislative process and not a ballot initiative to fully legalizing marijuana. The governor says the legalization of recreational cannabis in New Mexico is inevitable.

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