The working group created by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Grisham (D) announced on Friday that it would be holding its first public meeting on August 14. During that meeting, several issues connected to plans to legalize recreational marijuana in the state will be discussed.
Individual residents and groups are free to comment either in advance or during the actual meeting on the topics lined up for the day. During that meeting, the Department of Health will address the people present about the medical cannabis program in the state while the Department of Regulation and Licensing will deliver a presentation about the current status of cannabis regulation.
The committee members will then discuss various issues, such as recreational marijuana marketing, the option of creating state-operated marijuana shops, how licensing should be done and whether a marijuana control division should be created by the state.
The website of the working group has a landing page for almost all the items lined up for discussion during this maiden meeting. On those pages, visitors will find the specific goals that the committee has for that area, the questions that the committee plans to answer on that topic, details about how that particular aspect was going to be legalized under the bill which was put before lawmakers, and how other states have legislated on that matter.
At the bottom of each of those pages, online visitors will find a form that they can use to share their opinion on that specific aspect of marijuana legalization.
For example, on the matter of whether the state should directly run a marijuana retail network, the working group posed a question regarding what risks, if any, the state employees will face by participating in what the federal government calls “drug trafficking.” The committee also posed a question on how else a fair distribution of marijuana shops can be ensured if the state isn’t to be involved in retail sales.
Once an item on the list is discussed extensively, the members of the working group will finally take a vote on the matter and move onto the next item on the agenda. The members of the working committee are also free to suggest policy proposals for discussion by the entire group following a method that will be explained during the meeting on August 14.
Another meeting of this committee will be held on August 27 to handle other matters connected to cannabis legalization.
It should be remembered that Gov. Grisham made a campaign promise to legalize recreational marijuana and she formed the working group after a legalization bill failed to pass in the state senate. The findings of the working group will form the basis of a new legalization bill which will be tabled before lawmakers early next year.
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