SANTA FE – New Mexico lawmakers late Thursday pushed the state closer than ever toward legalizing recreational marijuana for adults.
In a late-night debate on the House floor, Democratic Rep. Javier Martinez of Albuquerque unveiled legislation crafted after bipartisan, bicameral talks involving House Democrats and Senate Republicans.
The state House passed the bill 36-34 – the first recreational marijuana proposal ever passed by one of New Mexico’s legislative chambers. No Republican voted for the bill.
Martinez, a co-sponsor of the legislation, House Bill 356, said the vote was a “watershed” moment in the movement to legalize