New Mexico passed it's current medical marijuana bill in 2007, with a recent poll showing 71% of the population still supporting it. Advocates are pushing for full legalization this year with the polls showing 69% of adults supporting legalization. Current estimates show the state bringing in between 20 and $60 million from taxes alone. If New Mexico followed suit with the rush in Colorado the state could also be looking at 15,000 new jobs created for the industry. Legislators have peaked young people's interest with 87% of support, this legislation cannot be ignored.
“If it can get on the ballot, it’s going to pass,” said Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, who once again is sponsoring a constitutional change to legalize marijuana possession, regulate its production and sale, and tax it.
“It’s money we desperately need, and it’s taking money out of the (drug) cartel and putting it back in the mainstream,