NORML.ORG – Medical Marijuana Repeal Efforts Stall In New Mexico, Montana

Santa Fe, NM: A New Mexico lawmaker has withdrawn legislation that sought to repeal the state’s four-year-old medical marijuana law . Newly elected Republican Gov. Susana Martinez said that she would have signed the measure, House Bill 593 , had it reached her desk. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. James Smith , is now proposing a House Memorial bill that calls on lawmakers to study the state’s medical cannabis program. Presently, over 3,200 patients are using cannabis legally in compliance with state law. In addition, state officials have licensed some 25 facilities to produce or dispense medical cannabis. To date, reports of abuses regarding the use or distribution of medical cannabis as authorized by the law have been minimal. In Montana, members of the Senate Judicial Committee on Monday deadlocked 6 to 6 regarding a similar measure, House Bill 161, which sought to repeal that state’s six-year-old, voter-approved medical marijuana law . House representatives had previously voted, largely along party lines, 63 to 37 in favor of the repeal measure. Senators may still elect to reconsider the measure, or they may call for a ‘blast motion,’ which is a procedure that allows measures to bypass committee and be debated by the full chamber. According to a Public Policy Polling survey last month of 2,212 Montanans, 63 percent of respondents “support allowing patients … to have the freedom to use marijuana for medical purposes with their doctors’ approval.” Only 20 percent of respondents said that the law should be “repealed entirely.” Also on Monday, federal law enforcement officials raided several Montana medical marijuana greenhouses and dispensary providers. Law enforcement officers confiscated various items of property, including marijuana, cash, and growing equipment, but failed to make any immediate arrests . The raids marked the first large-scale federal crackdown in the state since voters approved Montana’s medical marijuana law via initiative in 2004. New Mexico and Montana are among the 15 states that presently recognize the physician-supervised use of cannabis. To date, no legislature has repealed such a law. For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202 483-5500) or visit: .

View post:
NORML.ORG – Medical Marijuana Repeal Efforts Stall In New Mexico, Montana

Twitter Follow

Follow us on

Contact Us

ATTORNEY ADVERTISEMENT:  This communication or portions thereof may be considered "advertising" as defined by Section 6157(c) of the California Business and Professions Code or within the jurisdiction in which you are viewing this.  Nothing in the discussion above is intended to be a representation or guarantee about the outcome of any legal proceeding in which you may be involved.  By providing the information above in this format, Michel & Associates is not soliciting you to hire it to handle a specific legal matter you may currently have or be anticipating commencing in the future.  Notwithstanding the discussion above, you should not act or refrain from acting on the basis of any content on this site without seeking appropriate legal advice regarding your particular circumstances from an attorney licensed to practice law.  This communication is informational only and does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and Michel & Associates.  Michel & Associates's attorneys are licensed to practice in California, Texas, and the District of Columbia.