City leaders in Las Cruces, New Mexico voted to back efforts to legalize marijuana in the state, putting their support behind a bill now making its way through the legislature. The Las Cruces City Council passed a non-binding resolution supporting the bill by a vote of 6 to 1 at its meeting on Monday night.
The bill, SB 115, would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in New Mexico for adults 21 and older. The measure would also establish a regulatory framework for the cannabis industry and levy taxes on recreational marijuana. The state would impose an excise tax of 9% on cannabis products and county and municipal governments would be permitted to add taxes of up to 4% more.
Purchases of medical marijuana would be tax-free and low-income patients would be able to purchase their medicine with a state subsidy. The legislation would require recreational marijuana dispensaries to serve medicinal cannabis patients.
New Mexico’s marijuana legalization bid also includes several social equity provisions, including the automatic expungement of past cannabis convictions. Those with cannabis convictions would also be permitted to work in the state’s newly legal industry, which could create 11,000 jobs for the state.
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