Vote Alert: House Memorial to Study Marijuana Legalization Up Today

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HM38 to study impacts of legalization in other states set the stage for 2015 debate on legalization in NM.

As of this morning, almost 5,000 people signed our petition supporting SJM10, a Constitutional amendment being considered by the New Mexico State Senate that would have let voters decide if they wanted to legalize marijuana in the Land of Enchantment.

Unfortunately, the measure failed in the Senate Rules Committee this week when Democrat Sen. Clemente Sanchez voted with Republicans to kill the bill.

But all hope is not lost.

Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino, the bill’s sponsor, has promised to bring the bill back next year.

Send Sen. Ortiz y Pino a message to say Thank You for sponsoring this legislation.  His email and office contact information are here.

A similar bill we are watching closely is set for a vote in the House of Representatives today and we need your help to get that through.

House Memorial 38, sponsored by Rep. Bill McCamley, directs the legislature to study the impacts of legalization in Colorado and Washington so that New Mexico’s legislators are better informed when they consider legalization for New Mexico in the next legislative session.

HOUSE MEMORIAL 38

INTRODUCED BY Bill McCamley

 A MEMORIAL REQUESTING THE LEGISLATIVE FINANCE COMMITTEE TO STUDY THE EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION IN COLORADO AND WASHINGTON.

WHEREAS, Colorado and Washington are the first states to legalize marijuana production, sale, possession and use; and

WHEREAS, the effects of marijuana-legalization measures on Colorado and Washington can inform New Mexico policymakers and residents who are considering whether to similarly legalize marijuana in New Mexico;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that the legislative finance committee be requested to study the effects in Colorado and Washington of marijuana legalization on:

A. state revenue and agricultural production levels;

B. illegal drug-addiction rates;

C. state and local law enforcement resource levels;

D. federal law enforcement efforts; and

E. testing for high-danger jobs, such as those in heavy-equipment operation and public safety; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the legislative finance committee report its findings to the appropriate interim legislative committee in fall 2014; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this memorial be transmitted to the legislative finance committee.

Will you send a quick message to the House of Representatives telling them to pass HB38 so we can be ready when this issue comes back again?

We know taking action is no small thing.  5,000 voices is just the start of a big movement in New Mexico.  Can you send just one more message to help the issue go forward?  Send a message the House here now.

Thanks!