The 2021 Legislative Session is now over… or is it? Lawmakers ended a whirlwind couple of months by passing 158 bills, but as always the time ran out on dozens of other measures. In today’s update we run down the big bills that made it across the finish line, and the ones that will have to wait for another year. One of those bills was the adult-use cannabis legalization measure, which just ran out of time and oxygen in the last hours of the session. But, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham thinks the proposal is close enough, she has already announced a special session to finish the work on what was House Bill 12. She says the framework is there and New Mexicans shouldn’t have to wait another year to see this happen. That Special Session will happen around March 31st and will cost taxpayers roughly $50,000 a day. We’ll be back to break it all down once the final details have been released. We will also have much more on the cannabis legalization debate, this week on our podcast collaboration with New Mexico Political Report, “Growing Forward.”
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