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Should New Mexico Consider Legalizing Recreational Pot?

Sarah Gustavus

KUNM Call In Show 12/15 8a: State lawmakers learned this month the projected state budget will be $69 million short in the current fiscal year and revenue projections are down for the next fiscal year. New Mexico’s economy is highly dependent on oil and gas revenues. Could a recreational cannabis industry, similar to neighboring Colorado, change the economic outlook for the state?

Voters in four states approved proposals last month to allow recreational cannabis sales. Will state lawmakers seriously consider legislation on cannabis in 2017? What do New Mexicans think about the issue? And how might the national conversation about cannabis regulations change in the Trump administration? Email callinshow@kunm.org or call in live during the show.


Kelly O’Donnell, O’Donnell Economics and Strategy

Rep. Bill McCamley (D-Doña Ana) 

Sen. Craig Brandt (R-Sandoval)

Emily Kaltenbach, Drug Policy Alliance - New Mexico

Jose Ramierez, NM HIDTA

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Legalization of Cannabis for Social Use – from O’Donnell Economics and Strategy 

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