SANTA FE, NM (AP) – Michelle Lujan Grisham, governor of New Mexico, was tasked Monday to sign laws that legalize the use and sale of recreational cannabis in the state. It is the seventh since last November.

The governor, a Democrat, supported cannabis reform to create jobs and support government revenues.

Her counseling office office said she was planning a signing ceremony and press conference later that day.

New Mexico voters ousted ardent opponents of legalization from the Senate in the 2020 Democratic primary, paving the way for recreational cannabis legalization.

The governor convened a special legislative session in late March to address the issue after legalization efforts stalled.

Legislators have teamed up behind a legalization framework from Albuquerque MP Javier Martinez that provides automated procedures for overturning previous convictions.

The bill gives the governor a strong hand in overseeing recreational cannabis through her appointed superintendent of the Regulatory and Licensing Department.

Regulators can limit cannabis cultivation amounts and impose a state fee per plant of up to $ 50 per year.

Some of the state’s medical cannabis producers are campaigning for market control fearing that with recreational cannabis legalization, cannabis prices could fall and undermine investment and employment.

Individuals 21 and over are allowed to buy and own up to 56 grams of cannabis outside of their homes.

Home cannabis growers are allowed to grow up to six plants per person or 12 per household. The smell of cannabis will no longer be a reason for police seizures.

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