A bill filed last week in New Mexico would allow the voters to amend the state constitution authorizing marijuana to be taxed and regulated similar to alcohol, legalizing the plant, and effectively rejecting the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the same.
Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR2) was introduced on Jan. 16 by State Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-12) as a proposed alteration to the New Mexico state constitution that would put language into it that authorizes the legalization of marijuana. If this resolution successful, it would ultimately be put to the voters to decide during a future election.
SJR2 would amendment Article 20 of the New Mexico state constitution to read as follows:
Possession and personal use of marijuana shall be lawful by persons twenty-one years of age or older. The legislature shall provide by law for the production, processing, transportation, sale, taxation and acceptable quantities and places of use of marijuana and hemp to protect public health and safety.
New Mexico now has the opportunity to join Alaska, Oregon, Colorado and Washington as states openly flouting the federal war on pot. The great thing about these types of reforms is that they are completely Constitutional, and there is little the feds can do about it when enough states and people resist them.
The momentum is on our side, but New Mexico cannot nullify the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the cannabis plant without your help. This effort needs your support to achieve victory.
If you live in New Mexico, call your state senator and politely urge them to co-sponsor SJR2. Afterward, call your state representative and politely urge them to support SJR2 and introduce similar legislation in their chamber if possible. You can find their contact information HERE.
All Other States, you can still work to fight cannabis prohibition in your state. Call your state legislators and urge them to introduce a bill that fights cannabis prohibition such as our P.E.A.C.E. Act. You can find their contact information HERE.