While several states have legalized both medicinal and recreational marijuana, a trend that seems to be growing, the state of New Mexico remains on the fence — only allowing medicinal cannabis, but not yet allowing legal recreational use. As of March 2019, there are 10 states that have legalized both medical and recreational cannabis: Michigan, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, Washington, California, Oregon, Alaska, Colorado and Nevada.

The District of Columbia allows recreational and medical marijuana.

New Mexico could soon join the 10 states and District, but as of now, the plan to approve recreational use has come to a brief standstill.

The following is a re-post of an article written by Dan McKay of the Albuquerque Journal

SANTA FE — Lawmakers can expect to take up a proposal next year to make New Mexico the 11th state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said she will add the issue to the agenda of the 2020 legislative session.

It’s a 30-day session, so the governor has some power to set the agenda.

A bipartisan proposal to legalize recreational cannabis through state-run stores narrowly won House approval this year but stalled in the Senate. It was the first time a recreational marijuana bill passed a chamber of the state Legislature.

Lawmakers approved a separate proposal Saturday that would reduce penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The state would impose a $50 fine on someone caught with up to a half an ounce of marijuana under Senate Bill 323, sponsored by Sen. Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces. It would be a civil citation, not a criminal conviction.

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