New Mexico Rep. Bill McCamley (D-Las Cruces) has pre-filed a bill in the state legislature that would legalize cannabis and hemp statewide. The bill language is modeled after Colorado’s Amendment 64, a state that has become one of the templates for the statewide legalization of cannabis in the United States.

“When you look at Colorado on our other border, they’ve brought in around $100 million in increased tax revenue, so this is a really good way of hurting drug cartels and helping our business community and our schools at the same time,”

Rep. McCamley said.

“A lot of people say let’s wait and see what Colorado does. Well how long are we going to wait to see the kind of success that they’ve had? It’s already there!”

Rep. McCamley’s bill, which is similar to one he sponsored last year that was voted down in committee, would enable those aged 21 and older to legally purchase and use marijuana. It would also allow private businesses to produce and sell hemp, among other products, and would enable the state to regulate distributors and cultivators.

Republicans, who control the state house, in the state have vowed to thwart any efforts aimed at legalization. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, a possible contender for a spot on the 2016 presidential ticket, has vowed to veto any legislation legalizing cannabis in the state.

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