Latest Bill to Legalize Marijuana Gains Momentum in New Mexico

Recreational marijuana would become legal for people 21 or older in New Mexico and the state could tax marijuana sold in licensed stores under a bill introduced Thursday by state Rep. Javier Martínez, D-Albuquerque.

House Bill 356 would establish a licensing system that supporters say favors small businesses and institute a 9 percent tax on marijuana for buyers who are not patients in the state’s Medical Cannabis Program. Continue reading “Latest Bill to Legalize Marijuana Gains Momentum in New Mexico”

New Mexico Group Protests Use of ‘Pharmaceutical’ by Local Dispensary

A local anti-drug group in New Mexico is protesting the use of the word “pharmaceutical” by a cannabis dispensary in Carlsbad, NM.

As first reported by the Carlsbad Current-Argus, the Carlsbad Anti-Drug/Gang Coalition wrote a letter to the New Mexico Medical Board and New Mexico Board of Pharmacy, objecting to the use of the label “pharmaceutical” by cannabis dispensaries in the state. Continue reading “New Mexico Group Protests Use of ‘Pharmaceutical’ by Local Dispensary”

State of the Leaf: House Republican Wants to Deschedule Cannabis

A bipartisan bill has been introduced by freshman House Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Va.), that would remove marijuana completely from the Controlled Substances Act, effectively decriminalizing cannabis under federal law. Garrett, who replaced cannabis prohibitionist US Rep. Robert Hurt in Virginia’s fifth congressional district, campaigned on a promise to make cannabis reform a priority. Continue reading “State of the Leaf: House Republican Wants to Deschedule Cannabis”

New Mexico Tribe Puts Up Land for $160M Medicinal Greenhouse

On a patch of tribal land in western New Mexico, a company plans to build a $160 million state-of-the-art greenhouse for researching and growing medicinal plants, including marijuana.

Bright Green Group of Companies is partnering with Acoma Pueblo on what would be the nation’s largest commercial growing operation, by far dwarfing medical marijuana greenhouses already planned in Massachusetts, Illinois and California. Continue reading “New Mexico Tribe Puts Up Land for $160M Medicinal Greenhouse”

Is this the next state to legalize marijuana? Some state lawmakers hope so.