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New Mexico Marijuana Laws Like many other U.S. states, New Mexico marijuana laws start in the 1920s amid a wave of prohibition that barred the use of many popular substances, including alcohol. The year was 1923, and New Mexico had just passed a law banning the cultivation, transportation, and sale of marijuana. Two years later, a revised version of 1912's International Opium Convention added marijuana to its list of dangerous drugs and by 1935 President Roosevelt was selling marijuana prohibition to the American public in a radio address that many believe marked the beginning of our nation's long and protracted drug war against marijuana and other controlled substances that largely continues to this day.

Fast forward to 1978 when New Mexico passed the Controlled Substances Therapeutic Research Act, making the state the first in the nation to recognize the medical benefits of marijuana. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration and distributing marijuana from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the nascent program had federal backing by the end of the year, but it was too late for Lynn Pierson, a cancer patient and major proponent of the bill, who died before any cannabis was actually delivered to the state. However, hundreds of cancer patients were served by the Lynn Pierson Therapeutic Research Program, which sourced and distributed marijuana to New Mexico residents for almost 10 years.

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Marijuana Laws in New Mexico In 1999, New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson shocked the state and his fellow Republicans by endorsing marijuana legalization, arguing that the drug was far less dangerous than many legislators and law enforcement officials would admit. But it wasn't until 2007 that Governor Bill Richardson signed Senate Bill 523, which legalized medicinal marijuana in the state. Called the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act, the bill allowed a physician to recommend marijuana use for the treatment of medical conditions such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and other debilitating diseases.

Just this year, marijuana laws in New Mexico toyed with legalization when a new cannabis bill passed the House of Representatives but stalled in the state's Senate Finance Committee. Seeing the promise of a recreational law, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has promised to add the issue to next year's 2020 legislative agenda. As a precursor to next year's vote, Governor Lujan Grisham in April decriminalized marijuana possession of up to a half ounce as a misdemeanor offense carrying just a $50 fine. The bill also decriminalizes the possession of drug paraphernalia and will go into effect on July 1, 2019.


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