Portraits in Color

Up in Smoke? The Story Behind Recreational Marijuana Legalization in New Mexico with Rep. Javier Martinez

March 09, 2020 Dr. Frank Mirabal Season 2 Episode 21
Portraits in Color
Up in Smoke? The Story Behind Recreational Marijuana Legalization in New Mexico with Rep. Javier Martinez
Show Notes

A bill to legalize recreational marijuana was tabled in the Judiciary Committee during the 2020 New Mexico legislative session. The year-long lead up to the bill created a comprehensive 187 report that laid out economic forecasts and a regulatory framework to enforce intoxicated driving, work place use, and restricted access to youth. Over two thirds of New Mexicans approved of the measure. The bill was a legislative priority of Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham and had strong bipartisan support. So why couldn’t legislators get this done?

New Mexico Representative Javier Martinez, a sponsor of the bill, joins the show to give his perspective on recreational marijuana legalization and the ongoing work ahead to address both public and lawmaker concerns.