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Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Thursday Press Conference: New Mexican’s Support For Legalizing Marijuana Reaches New High

new mexico marijuanaNew polling data about New Mexican’s attitudes towards changes in marijuana policy will be released tomorrow during a press event at the State Capitol. The new data reflects the state’s shifting outlook on marijuana policy reform. Results show the majority of New Mexicans polled are in favor of reforming our current marijuana laws.

This event will include remarks from State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino who has recently introduced Senate Joint Resolution 5 which proposes an amendment to New Mexico’s Constitution allowing for the possession and use of marijuana and hemp by adults.  It also requires that revenues generated from sales and taxation be used for New Mexico’s public education needs, the Medicaid program or drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs.

Brian Sanderoff, from Research and Polling, Inc., will present the January, 2016 polling results.

Who:

  • Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino
  • Brian Sanderoff, Research and Polling, Inc.
  • Emily Kaltenbach, State Director, Drug Policy Alliance

What: Polling data release + press availability with legislators and drug policy reform advocates

Where: Room 326, State Capitol Bldg.

When: Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

“This is a great opportunity for the press and public to learn that New Mexicans are shifting their views on drug policy reform,” said Emily Kaltenbach, State Director, Drug Policy Alliance. “The dramatic shifts we’ve seen on the national level regarding marijuana legalization are also reflected in our state. It is time to realize that taxation and regulation of marijuana will significantly boost the State’s uncertain revenue base and it is time to admit that marijuana prohibition in New Mexico has clearly failed. It hasn’t reduced use and instead has resulted in the criminalization of non-violent people, gross racial disparities, and enormous fiscal waste.”

Four states (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington) and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana. However, all eyes in New Mexico have been on Colorado to gauge the impact of the country’s first-ever state law to tax and regulate the sale and private use of marijuana for non-medical purposes. January 1, 2016, marked the two year anniversary since marijuana became available for purchase for adults 21 and older in Colorado. For over three years, the state has also allowed adults to possess and cultivate limited amounts of marijuana.

Colorado is projected to have brought in over 125 million dollars in taxes for 2015.  These monies are put into a fund to improve local public schools or are collected by the state to be divvied up via the Governor’s allocation plan.  The Governor’s plan provides a snapshot as to what a public health approach to marijuana looks like—funds are distributed to public education, behavioral health, law enforcement and youth prevention.

The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is the nation’s leading organization of people who believe the war on drugs is doing more harm than good. DPA fights for drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights.

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  • It also requires that revenues generated from sales and taxation be used for New Mexico‚Äôs public education needs, the Medicaid program or drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs.

    Special taxes on weed? We will be fighting this for decades to come.

    • Fr33dom

      For decades? Maybe. The alcohol industry has been very successful at keeping alcohol taxes so low that prohibitionists warn that alcohol taxes don’t cover the health costs caused by alcohol.

      I don’t buy the prohibitionists’ alarmism, but industry almost always keeps their taxes low, especially when it hurts their bottom dollar.

      Capitalism, for better or for worse, wins in the end and will be the nail in the coffin of Prohibition.

    • Fr33dom

      For decades? Maybe. The alcohol industry has been very successful at keeping alcohol taxes so low that prohibitionists warn that alcohol taxes don’t cover the health costs caused by alcohol.
      I don’t buy the prohibitionists’ alarmism, but industry almost always keeps their taxes low, especially when it hurts their bottom dollar.
      Capitalism, for better or for worse, wins in the end and will be the nail in the coffin of Prohibition.

  • Rob Shaffer

    How many stories have you read lately about a large shipment of Budweiser or Jack Daniels being flown in illegally? Or a back alley Jim Beam deal gone wrong? Or a person going blind from a bad batch of corn liquor? None: we can buy liquor on any corner in any town in any state in the union. Prohibition ended the problem.

    Legalize the plant in all states; grow the supply locally, problem solved.

    The vast majority of American citizens want marijuana legalization; its time to legalize on the federal level and end the nonsense. Mexican marijuana farmers see profits tumble as U.S. loosens laws http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-mexico-marijuana-20151230-story.html

    • Fr33dom

      Exactly. Which is why the Oregon law suits in the cannabis community- although the acrimony is a shame- is actually a wonderful thing! In the past, these discrepancies would have been resolved with bullets and blood. But today they are resolved with lawyers and courts!