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A Republican state senator on Thursday introduced a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana but, unlike a Democratic House bill, would have the state operate retail marijuana stores.
Sen. Mark Moores of Albuquerque said in a phone interview Thursday that, considering the number of Western states that have adopted laws treating marijuana more like alcohol, legalization in New Mexico is inevitable.
“It’s a just matter of how we want to do it,” he said. “We should do it in a smart way.”
Moores said his proposal would take steps to reduce harmful effects of marijuana, “while allowing adults the liberty of using marijuana if they want to.” Under the bill, those over the age of 21 could buy marijuana at state-run stores.
Moores said he and co-sponsors of Senate Bill 577 — Sens. Craig Brandt, R-Rio Rancho; Cliff Pirtle, R-Roswell; and Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque — looked into the regulatory approaches taken by other states. Moores said the legislators liked how states such as Utah and New Hampshire regulate liquor. “You can only buy alcohol at state-operated stores,” he said.
That’s a major difference from another bill working its way through the Legislature, House Bill 356, sponsored by Rep. Javier Martinez, D-Albuquerque.
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