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Marijuana legalization stalls in NM Senate panel

February 11, 2014 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to let New Mexico voters decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana stalled in a legislative committee on Tuesday and is likely dead for the year.

The Senate Rules Committee deadlocked 5-5 on whether to send the constitutional amendment to another committee for consideration. The proposal would have made it legal for adults 21 and over to possess and use marijuana. It would have been left to the Legislature to later establish a system for regulating and taxing marijuana.

The proposal likely would have faced difficulty in the Democratic-controlled Legislature, particularly because of opposition from rural and conservative lawmakers.

Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, an Albuquerque Democrat who sponsored the measure, said he saw little chance of the issue being revived this session because it’s unlikely any committee members would change their votes before the Legislature adjourns late next week.

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