Senate committee votes to table high profile marijuana legalization bill

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SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Legalizing marijuana in New Mexico won’t happen this year, despite the governor strongly supporting the move.

Late Wednesday night, two Democrat lawmakers joined Republicans in a 6-4 vote to table Senate Bill 115. The measure would have sheltered the state’s medical cannabis program and expunged convictions from people’s criminal records for having small amounts of pot.

Lawmakers spent a lot of time debating the controversial bill and with the clock ticking to get it through both chambers, some lawmakers are doubtful. “Legalizing marijuana is way too big of a bill that impacts all of New Mexico and society to do in eight days. The Governor completely mishandled this issue- there was an opportunity last year to do a bipartisan, bicameral effort but the governor has…

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