The sale of recreational marijuana in the US state of New Mexico has accelerated the legalization of the drug in the American West

2022-05-17 0 By

The U.S. state of New Mexico legalized the sale and use of recreational marijuana Friday, ap and other media reported Friday.That brings the number of U.S. states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use to 18.The report said this accelerated the process of widespread legalization of marijuana in the Western United States.New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the Marijuana Regulation Act into law in June 2021, paving the way for legalization of recreational marijuana in the state.Starting April 1, 2022, anyone 21 and older in the state can buy up to 2 ounces of marijuana.So far, about half of the 211 companies that have applied for a marijuana retailer license statewide have been approved, according to March 31 data from New Mexico’s marijuana regulator.By Friday evening, first-day sales had reached about $2 million.The broad legalization of marijuana in the Western United States has accelerated with New Mexico legalizing the sale and use of recreational marijuana.So far, 18 states, including Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, and the entire West Coast have legalized marijuana for recreational use.Pro-government lawmakers hope legalization will eliminate the black market, boost employment and provide a steady stream of government revenue.Gov. Grisham said Friday that legalization is a response to popular demand and is creating small business opportunities.”That’s what consumers want,” he said.We have the potential to add 11,000 workers.”Marijuana plants Reuters File photo notes that the possession, use or sale of marijuana remains federally illegal in the United States — a standard that applies to large tracts of federal land and Indian reservations in New Mexico.New Mexico’s marijuana industry still relies on cash to avoid violating federal law and is getting banking services through an alternative certification system of credit unions and banks backed by the state attorney general.The state also plans to offer $5 million in low-interest loans to small marijuana businesses that don’t have access to traditional credit.The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday voted 220-204 to approve legislation that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and eliminate criminal penalties for certain maricannabis-related offenses.But Reuters notes that the bill is considered unlikely to pass the Senate.Republicans who oppose the measure say marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to more use of opioids and other dangerous substances.They also say marijuana sold today is more potent than what was sold decades ago, leading to greater harm to those who use it.”At a time when our nation is experiencing an increase in addiction, depression and suicide, the priorities of this Congress are now shifting to expanding access to addictive, behavior-altering recreational drugs,” said Representative Bob Goodall.Representative Michele Fischbach called the legislation “not only flawed, but dangerous.”Speaking on the house floor, Fischbach said the legislation does not protect minors and would also encourage people to open marijuana businesses.After the House passed a marijuana decriminalization bill, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said they were still working on legislation, but he hoped it would happen “very soon,” according to the report.Upstream news compiled by Jiang Mingjing