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New Mexico governor seeks ideas for recreational pot law

June 28, 2019
FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2019 file photo, a marijuana plant grows under artificial light at an indoor facility in Portland, Maine. Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill Thursday, June 27, 2019 setting up a legal framework for the sale of recreational marijuana to adults as early as next year. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is launching a new effort to craft legislation that could legalize recreational marijuana sales next year.

The first-year Democratic governor announced Friday her recruitment of health, legal and fiscal policy experts to serve in a new discussion group that provides recommendations on state legalization.

Members of the group include Democratic and Republican legislators who sponsored unsuccessful legislation this year to authorize and tax recreational marijuana sales at state run stores. That proposal passed a House vote but stalled in the state Senate.

Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis is leading the so-called cannabis legalization task force.

Other participants represent a labor union, sheriff’s department, health care business, Native American tribe, medical cannabis business, county government association, commercial bank and hospital company.

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