LEGISLATIVE RECAP & ACTION ALERT: Urge These Senators to Oppose Recreational Pot!
On Tuesday, the 2020 Legislative Session kicked off with the State of the State Address by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. The Governor laid out her plan for the session with a focus on education, public safety, and economic development. Among her listed priorities was the legalization of recreational marijuana which she referred to as New Mexico’s “next frontier.” Noticeably absent from the Governor’s remarks was any reference to abortion legislation. However, she can add such legislation to the Session agenda at any time and she has even floated the possibility of calling a Special Session if the U.S. Supreme Court undermines or overturns Roe v. Wade.
ACTION ALERT: Urge These Senators to Oppose Recreational Pot!
On Tuesday, the Senate Public Affairs Committee will consider SB115 which would legalize recreational marijuana in New Mexico. According to a recent poll, more than 63% of New Mexico voters do not support this proposal, knowing that medicinal marijuana is already legal and that we have decriminalized possession for small amounts of marijuana.
New Mexico already faces major challenges related to homelessness, crime, drug use, poverty, and mental health. WHY then would we further aggravate these issues by repeating the mistakes of states like Colorado?
Consider these facts:
- Marijuana-impaired driving fatalities in Colorado have more than doubled since legalization.
- Colorado now leads the nation in first-time marijuana use among youth and marijuana-related ER visits by Colorado teens are on the rise.
- Between 2017 and 2018, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon—three states with legalized marijuana—were among the top four states with an increase in chronically homeless people.
- After legalization in Colorado, the percentage of Hispanic teens arrested increased by 29% (between 2012 and 2014).
- Marijuana more than doubles the risk of developing opioid use disorder or initiating non-medical prescription opioid use.
Marijuana industry advocates are trying to hide the ugly truths about recreational pot, but the facts make it very clear. Recreational pot is wrong for New Mexico.
SB115 will be heard Tuesday afternoon and your quick help is needed to urge the following committee members to vote “NO.”
Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino (Bill Sponsor)
Senator Jeff Steinborn
Senator Candace Gould
Senator Craig W. Brandt
Senator Stuart Ingle
Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez
Senator Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics
Please contact these Senators TODAY and urge them to vote “NO” on SB115. We have made it simple for you to communicate this request. Simply click here and you can send these Senators a message in 30 seconds!
After you have sent the message through our Action Center, please call the Senators at the numbers provided above and leave the same message.
If you would like to attend the committee hearing in person and provide public comment, it will be held Tuesday afternoon, at 1:30 p.m., in the Senate Chamber.
Thank you for making your voice heard!
The Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico Team