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No fooling: NM legalizes cannabis sales on April 1

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The New Mexico Cannabis Regulation Act last year allowed adults 21 years and older to own up to two ounces of cannabis flowers, and up to 16 grams of extracts and 800 milligrams of edibles.

Starting in April Fools Day 2022, it will also be possible to buy and sell marijuana in New Mexico with a state license. It is already legal to grow at home so no more than six mature and six immature cannabis plants per person (maximum 12 mature / 12 immature per home) for adult cannabis.

“A new era for marijuana justice is here,” said Emily Kaltenbach, senior director of the Alliance for Drug Policy. “After years of hard work against long odds, New Mexicans can finally legally buy cannabis for adult use. Putting social equity and justice at the center, the Cannabis Regulation Act is a victory absolute for the communities most affected by the cruel and inhuman war on drugs. ”

Expungement part of the package

“This reform would not have been possible without the years of input and dedication from New Mexicans across the state. From Gallup to Deming to Clovis to Taos, New Mexicans made sure that legalization included equitable opportunities for farmers and other small businesses, patients with medical cannabis and long-term justice for those with past cannabis arrests or convictions.

“On April 1, we celebrate. So let’s go back to the hard work to ensure that cannabis tax revenues are reinvested in the communities most affected by the ban and that the law is implemented fairly and justly for all New Mexicans.” .

DPA has supported the call for legalization and regulation of adult use since initial talks with Senator Ortiz y Pino in 2014, and later with House Majority Leader Javier Martinez, Representatives Andrea Romero and Deborah Armstrong, and Senators Duhigg and Lopez.

Cannabis Regulation Act and Elimination Act

In 2021, DPA worked closely with advocates, communities affected by the ban and lawmakers to reach the end and see the legislature approve the Cannabis Regulation Act and the Purge of Certain Criminal Records Act with provisions for address the previous harms of criminalization, social equity and the protection of patients with medical cannabis. Some key points of the legislation include:

  • Individuals with previous marijuana convictions may apply for a license and work in the marijuana industry without restriction.
  • The law also requires a new Cannabis Control Division to develop policies and procedures that promote and encourage the full participation of the cannabis industry by representatives of:
    • Communities that have been disproportionately harmed by arrest rates through the application of cannabis bans in law and politics
    • Rural communities could be affected by cannabis production
    • Agricultural producers from economically disadvantaged communities
  • It requires a certification that makes it easier for consumers to identify the products of licensees that are:
    • Integrated cannabis micro-enterprises or cannabis producers micro-enterprises
    • Property of community representatives who have been disproportionately harmed by cannabis-related arrest rates
    • Underdeveloped populations including tribal, ditch, grant-merced land and other rural historical communities.
  • Prohibit police from planting and searching an individual or vehicle based solely on the smell of cannabis.
  • It does not allow denial of public benefits or health care based on cannabis use or a positive cannabis drug test.
  • Prohibits the use of previous cannabis convictions to prevent anyone from licensing or employment of any kind.
  • Automatically delete cannabis-related public records if they meet all of the following criteria:
    • Two years later the arrest or conviction was made
    • Held by a court, state, or local court where the offense is no longer a crime or should result in a misdemeanor offense.
  • It requires corrective measures and imprisonment to notify the court of incarcerated or incarcerated individuals who may be qualified to have their cases reopened and considered for dismissal or removal.

The Drug Policy Alliance envisages a just society in which drug use and regulation are based on science, compassion, health and human rights, in which people are no longer punished for what they put in their own body, and in which today’s fears, prejudices, and punitive prohibitions are no more. Our mission is to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of drug use and drug prohibition, and to promote the autonomy of individuals over their minds and bodies.

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