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January 31, 2020 – Senate Bill 115, which would legalize recreational cannabis, passed its first committee along party lines at the Roundhouse on Tuesday. Most Democrats, including Gov. Lujan Grisham, favor making cannabis legal. But is this path the economic driver it once seemed to be?  Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists debate the positives and pitfalls of this bill. (This segment is part of our #YourNMGov project, in collaboration with KUNM radio and the Santa Fe Reporter, and funded by the Thornburg Foundation and New Mexico Local News Fund) 

Line Panelists: 

Merritt Allen, Vox Optima
Michael Barrio, executive director, Prosperity Works
Dan Foley, former state representative
Sophie Martin, attorney 

For Further Reading/Watching:  

Senate Public Affairs Committee Hearing SB115  — New Mexico Legislature 

New Mexico Legislature debates recreational pot legalizationAssociated Press 

Cannabis playing a major role at NM LegislatureAlbuquerque Journal 

Cannabis legalization bill passes first committee on party linesSanta Fe New Mexican