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Marijuana proposal may not be debated

A proposal to allow New Mexico voters to decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana stalled Friday, putting the measure in doubt – for now.

At a disjointed meeting, the Senate Rules Committee failed to debate the proposed constitutional amendment that would allow for the possession and personal use of marijuana for those 21 years of age and older.

Instead, committee members got bogged down in debates over a minimum wage proposal and a measure to change election laws.

The failure to bring up the marijuana proposal angered a few activists, some from out of state, who sat through the meeting for a chance to speak up in support of legalizing marijuana in New Mexico.

The proposal’s sponsor, Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, said he hopes the committee debates the measure next week. If not, he wasn’t sure whether there was enough time before the legislative session ends Feb. 20.

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