Though Rep. Bill McCamely’s marijuana legalization bill is likely to fail, a Constitutional Amendment proposed by State Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino might be positioned to see more success.
Since Rep. Ortiz y Pino introduced a Constitutional Amendment rather than a bill, our governor doesn’t have the option to veto. It would go directly to a vote by the public, if approved by both houses of the legislature.
And, we all know how November’s elections turned out… If you don’t, that’s okay, here are those numbers from Santa Fe New Mexican:
In Santa Fe County (where Martinez lost big to King), the governor received 15,549 votes — 17,719 less than the number of people who voted to decriminalize the devil’s flower. And even in Bernalillo, where Martinez beat King by nearly 10 percentage points, the marijuana question got 894 more yes votes than Martinez’s total vote in that county.
If November’s numbers were any indication, New Mexico would likely be the next state to blaze the legal marijuana trail. (And it’d make the next four with Susana much easier, amirite?)
But what implications does legalizing marijuana come with?
Reported by Albuquerque Business First :
According to a story by the Christian Science Monitor, there are now 18,000 state-certified marijuana industry workers in Colorado. That’s much more than the 6,500 jobs the Tesla Gigafactory is expected to create when it’s built in Nevada.
…The state of Nevada ended up committing to $1.4 billion in tax breaks and other incentives to convince Tesla to open its factory there, around $200,000 per job. Compare that to Colorado’s example, where the state created up to 18,000 jobs so far, and made money in the process.
18,000 jobs is a whole lot, but it isn’t even the whole picture! What about increased tourist traffic?
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