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Rep. Javier Martinez D-Albuquerque, among the sponsors of HB 12, stated the legislation produces “a new dollar industry that is multimillion. It is a deal that is big also it must be.”
If the bill becomes legislation, there is no unlawful charges for control all the way to 2 ounces of cannabis, and folks could keep a more substantial quantity at their domiciles. In addition they could develop to 12 flowers — six mature, six— that are immature personal use, but could not sell the substance without a license.
Initial estimates from Martinez and other supporters said tax revenue raised by cannabis sales would reach at least $50 million. However, the bill’s fiscal impact report — citing a number of costs associated with implementing the program — puts that figure closer to $15 million for the state and another $8 million or more for counties.
“I’m Not we’re that is exactly sure see any big boom,” said Rep. Rod Montoya, R-Farmington. He noted New that is many mexicans in poverty, and some might spend money on cannabis instead of something else they would normally buy.
Montoya and Rep. Randall Crowder, R-Clovis, introduced amendments that would have allowed county governments to prohibit cannabis sales within their boundaries, as some counties have done in the past with alcohol. But the amendments failed to gain traction after Martinez said they could cause problems for local law enforcement agencies, among other issues. House members voted to reject the amendments.
Friday’s vote on the bill did not fall strictly along party lines. Six Democrats and Phelps Anderson, a Republican that is former who switcheded the celebration affiliation on their voter enrollment to “decline to state,” joined up with the 24 Republicans in the home in opposing the measure.
The nonprofit Drug Policy Alliance circulated a statement Friday lauding the passing of just what it called a “social justice-focused cannabis legalization bill.”
Under HB 12, about a third associated with the income tax income created by cannabis product sales would fund problems associated with substance, assist communities affected many by medication usage and supply cannabis abstinence training for kiddies and teenagers.