HB 356 - Authorizes Sale of Recreational Marijuana - New Mexico Key Vote


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Title: Authorizes Sale of Recreational Marijuana

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Vote to pass a bill that authorizes the sale of recreational marijuana to individuals 21 years or older, effective July 1, 2019.



  • Authorizes the possession of no more than one ounce of marijuana and eight grams of marijuana extract (Sec. 25).

  • Specifies that the penalty for those under 21 years old found in possession of marijuana are subject to a $75 fine (Sec. 29).  

  • Establishes a “cannabis control commission” to oversee marijuana regulation (Sec. 3).

  • Requires sales of marijuana to become taxable and referred to as the “cannabis excise tax” (Sec. 43).

  • Requires the Departmentment of Health to establish a medical marijuana subsidy program which will distribute portions of the marijuana excise tax revenue to provide medical marijuana to sick and indigent individuals (Sec. 4).

  • Establishes the “road safety fund” which will consist of money transferred from the cannabis excise tax to the Department of Public Safety (Sec. 40).

  • Requires the department to research whether marijuana usage impairs a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle and provide research to law enforcement officers for roadside impairments tests (Sec. 53).

  • Requires the department to identity requirement for the licensure of qualified patients to produce marijuana for medical use (Sec. 57).

Title: Authorizes Sale of Recreational Marijuana