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A bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in New Mexico stalled in the Senate last year. Over the summer, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham convened a work group to study the issue and gather public comment, and the group released recommendations for legalization that—among other things—prioritized equity for people who have been disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs. Rep. Javier Martínez, one of the sponsors of this year’s bill, spoke with KUNM about this year’s proposal, which passed out of the Senate Public Affairs Committee on a 4-3 party-line vote Tuesday, Jan. 28. 

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Bernalillo County voters overwhelmingly called for reduced criminal penalties for marijuana possession Tuesday night.

The marijuana decriminalization question is non-binding and won’t change the law. But that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd gathered to watch the election results last night.

Progress Now Director Pat Davis, who spearheaded initiatives in both Santa Fe and Bernalillo counties, says this is a first step towards big changes in New Mexico’s drug policy.

People's Choice: Decriminalize Marijuana?

Sep 8, 2014
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The Santa Fe City Council approved a measure decriminalizing marijuana. Albuquerque's Mayor Richard Berry vetoed a similar proposal. And now the Bernalillo County Commission is planning to ask voters if they think possession of small amounts of marijuana should mean fines instead of jail sentences.

We'll ask what decriminalization means for individuals and government agencies in New Mexico. Is decriminalization a stepping stone to legalization on a statewide level? What are the benefits? What are potential pitfalls?

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UPDATE Feb.