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New Mexico legalizes cannabis

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a marijuana legalization bill into law, marking New Mexico as the 17th state to legalize recreational use of the plant.

The bill considers both a legal market for marijuana and the provisions to grow it personally. It applies to adults over 21 and also allows the clearing of cannabis-related charges.

State legalization of cannabis

Many states had legalized cannabis on medicinal grounds, the first dating back to California in 1996.

The first states to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes were Washington and Colorado in 2012. It followed the Obama administration’s pledge to back down on state jurisdiction on drug provisions and decriminalization.

Since then, 15 other states have legalized the drug, the latest of which being New Mexico.

Marijuana legalization across the US | Source: Marijuana Policy Project

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