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Wed Sep 11, 2019, 10:53 PM

Lujan Grisham task force opposes state-run pot stores, proposes licensing companies

A working group studying proposals to legalize recreational cannabis in New Mexico decided against recommending the state operate marijuana stores.

Instead, the task force set up by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham proposes the state license companies to grow and sell recreational marijuana, and regulate their stores. Cities would be responsible for decisions on zoning and the number of stores allowed in a given area.

The scenario would be similar to the system currently in place for medical marijuana in New Mexico, and that of other states where recreational cannabis is legal.

“It mirrors the medical marijuana program we have today,” said Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis, who leads the working group. “It’s a compromise between letting experts regulate the industry and letting cities decide how they’e going to operate.”

Read more: https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/lujan-grisham-task-force-opposes-state-run-pot-stores-proposes/article_97bfba4e-245f-54ea-b257-75d6ee822d25.html

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