For years, state lawmakers have tried unsuccessfully to pass recreational cannabis law. In the summer of 2019, the governor created a cannabis legalization group with around 20 people from different backgrounds trying to figure out a way to make it happen, despite past failures they believe 2021 will be the year that it finally does is. “The pandemic really showed us that we need to diversify our economy. People understand we are going to do this year. The votes are in the Senate and in the House of Representatives, it’s just a matter of details, ”said Pat Davis. Davis heads the cannabis council. He said one detail that has yet to be ironed out is increasing the number of plants for medical marijuana producers. Many of them have announced that if a law is passed, they would also offer recreational activities. And that’s something that worries medical cannabis user Jason Barker: “Restricting this production will make it more difficult to meet the needs of the consumer as well as the needs for the medical cannabis program,” Barker said. There is also the question of what to do with the expected revenue of USD 100 to 150 million per year that recreational cannabis is expected to generate in taxes. “We have to reach an agreement on whether we have a limit and whether we have the money invest back in communities harmed by the war on drugs or whether we let lawmakers decide what to do with it later, ”Davis said. Barker said another element to do with wit – social justice and equity apply to whether people can grow their own recreational cannabis: “Not everyone will be able to afford to go to the recreational drugstore and do this Paying taxes, ”Barker told The Cannabis Council, which he chairs, believes legalization will create 11,000 new jobs in New Mexico.

For years, state legislators have tried unsuccessfully to pass a law on recreational cannabis.

In the summer of 2019, the governor formed a cannabis legalization group with around 20 people from different backgrounds to try to find a way to achieve this. Despite these past failures, they believe that 2021 will be the year that it will finally happen.

“The pandemic really showed us that we need to diversify our economy. People understand we are going to do this year. The votes are in the Senate and in the House of Representatives, it’s just a matter of details, ”said Pat Davis.

Davis is the chairman of the Cannabis Council.

He said one detail that remains to be ironed out is increasing the number of plants for medical marijuana producers.

Many of them have said they would expand to recreational activities if a bill is passed.

And that’s something that worries medical cannabis user Jason Barker.

“Restricting this production will make it more difficult to meet consumer needs as well as the medical cannabis program,” said Barker.

There is also the question of what to do with the expected revenue of $ 100-150 million per year that recreational cannabis is likely to generate in taxes.

“We need to agree on whether we have a limit and whether we can put the money back in communities harmed by the war on drugs or whether we let lawmakers decide what to do later,” said Davis.

Barker said another element that looks at social justice and equity relates to whether people can grow their own recreational cannabis.

“Not everyone will be able to go to the recreational pharmacy and pay these taxes,” Barker said.

Davis added that regardless of which law ultimately passes, the Cannabis Council he chairs believes legalization will create 11,000 new jobs in New Mexico.