2016 is the year of marijuana legalization in a lot of people's eyes. Activists and campaigns have had their eyes on 2016 for a long time. There are a lot of states that are poised to vote on marijuana legalization initiatives in November, but a lot of people forget about states that are working on legalizing via legislative action. And even then, when people look at state legislators, they tend to look at states in the Northeast. However, New Mexico is 'in play' by all means, proven by the advancement of a legalization bill in the New Mexico Senate Rules Committee yesterday. Via NM Political Report:
A proposal to legalize marijuana advanced from the Senate Rules Committee Wednesday morning, in a fashion that even a key supporter found surprising.
The Senate Rules Committee initially voted against a do-pass motion, which would send the proposed constitutional amendment to the Senate Judiciary Committee with a recommendation to pass. The vote was on party lines with Democrats in favor and Republicans against; there were an equal number of each in the committee Wednesday.
Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, then asked for a do-pass with no recommendation. Sen. Ted Barela, R-Estancia, joined all Democrats present and voted for the legislation.
If you live in New Mexico, you need to contact your Senator and tell them to support this bill. You can find your Senator at this link here. So far no state has legalized recreational marijuana via legislative action. Will some effort and awareness, New Mexico could be the first, although many think that Vermont or Rhode Island are the most likely to do so.