New Mexico is a phenomenal state with some of the best people in the nation. Unfortunately we have foundered for decades in how best to empower working families and make our state a desirable location for business operations. As we struggle to find the magic sauce, the New Mexico Business Coalition encourages elected officials to look outside our borders for successful policies and practices that are proven to work. At the same time, avoiding laws and policy that have been found harmful should be a no-brainer.
Some elected officials are looking to Colorado as an example of “success” for legalizing recreational marijuana. They are focused on new tax revenue as well as more freedom for marijuana users to not get caught in the legal system. Other officials are focused on the full societal costs, and the foundation for their opposition to recreational marijuana just got stronger.
The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) worked in concert with more than 30 organizations to evaluate the effects marijuana legalization has had on Colorado residents since 2013. A 2019 RMHIDTA report highlights the following: