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New Mexico takes first step towards legalization of recreational marijuana

Legal marijuana is one of the fastest growing industries in America, according to a BBC report published in 2016. After the November 2016 elections, when California, Massachusetts and Nevada voted for legalization of recreational marijuana, 1 in 5 American now resides in a state that has legalized recreational marijuana, says The Washington Post. At present, eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

Now, New Mexico has taken its first step for legalizing marijuana. In January, state Rep. Bill McCamley (D-Las Cruces) filed House Bill 89, referred to as the Cannabis Revenue and Freedom Act, it will allow adults aged 21 and above to possess one ounce of marijuana in public or two ounces at home. Additionally, the bill would also allow adults to possess up to 7 grams of concentrate and to grow marijuana plants at home.

According to the bill, marijuana would start being legally sold in New Mexico in 2019 and would be subject to a 15 percent sales tax. The local communities can also add an additional 5 percent tax.

Last year, the state senate voted against Senate Joint Resolution 5, which would have created an amendment to the state constitution, allowing adults aged 25 and older to possess and use marijuana recreationally. A poll conducted by the Albuquerque Journal in 2016 found that 61 percent residents supported legislation that would legalize and regulate recreational marijuana sales.

Marijuana addiction

The debate over the legal state of marijuana will likely continue for some time. No matter what the legal state of the substance, its use does carry the risk of addiction. Substance abuse is often not about the drug but about its effects. Various researchers have said that long-term marijuana use is linked with a higher risk for a range of disorders, including schizophrenia.

Sovereign Health provides specialized intervention for substance addiction at our treatment center in El Paso. We use evidence-based treatment methods to ensure that our patients get free from the clutches of addiction and lead a happy life. As an organization proudly serving the southwest, we also have a bilingual staff. A healthier life can start today. Contact our 24/7 helpline for further information.

About the author

Brian Moore is a staff writer and graphic designer for Sovereign Health. A 20-year veteran of the newspaper industry, he writes articles and creates graphics across Sovereign’s portfolio of marketing and content products. Brian enjoys music, bicycling and playing the tuba, which he’s done with varying degrees of success for over 25 years. For more information and other inquiries about this media, contact the author and designer at news@sovhealth.com.

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