If you think the major concerns surrounding legalizing recreational cannabis are addressed in the whopping 173-page bill working its way through the Legislature, you must be smoking something.
Because Senate Bill 115/House Bill 160 does not tackle many of the concerns expressed last session – concerns that prompted the governor to create a 19-plus-member Cannabis Legalization Working Group to evaluate other states’ experiences with cannabis. Instead, it raises myriad new concerns.
Granted, many people – including Albuquerque City Councilor and working group lead Pat Davis – have put in a lot of work trying to come up with a workable solution. Davis and other advocates say “everyone who wants to is already using illegal pot” or “legalization is inevitable.”
They insist this new industry would create up to 11,000 new jobs and point out that the full impact would not take effect until Jan. 1, 2022, allowing time to work out details.