SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico would regulate privately run marijuana stores that sell to recreational users – rather than operate the stores itself as an arm of state government – under a package of recommendations crafted Tuesday by a task force.
The proposal marks a shift from legislation that advanced through the state House last session, when Democratic lawmakers embraced the idea of state-run cannabis shops as a part of a compromise with Republicans.
The concept, however, didn’t pick up support Tuesday from a task force established by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The group – headed by Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis – is examining the regulatory options for legalizing recreational marijuana in New Mexico.