Legislation for the legalization of adult use cannabis will be introduced in the January 2019 session of the New Mexico State Legislature. But will the legislation take advantage of the 20 million potential new visitor pool for New Mexico, and are we making the best of this huge opportunity? Will medical cannabis patients be fully protected? There are lots of questions that we plan to address.
New Mexico NORML is representing New Mexicans, to ensure the best legalization program in the nation is our own. Here are a few things we’re hearing the bill will feature:
–Lower cannabis sales tax rates than other states. There is wide backing for a lower rate, with 5% having lots of support. When you compare that with Colorado’s 30% sales tax; if the operating costs are the same or lower than Colorado, our cannabis will be significantly cheaper. After adding in sales tax, our cannabis could end up 15% cheaper than our northern neighbors.
–Socially-integrated cannabis consumption. We will be the first to allow people mix with pot, with the possibility of venues from cannabis café’s to cannabis clubs.
–Microbusiness opportunities that offers lots of small home-run businesses. This includes anything from growing spectacular, high-end bud, to making arthritis elixirs, to delivering cannabis. The fees are unknown, but to be low enough to allow a lot of opportunity.
–You can keep two ounces out in the open, but anything over that must be in a lock box. Nope. We got to fight that one; liquor cabinets regularly have multiple lethal doses with screw caps.
We’ll talk more about the issues in depth, but there’s a lot to take in (130+ pages we hear,) and the draft bill has yet to be released. There will be House and Senate versions, with a reconciliation and compromise in the end. New Mexico’s citizens need a voice in its implementation; New Mexico NORML is speaking out for you.