When presenting to Congress, Javier Martinez and Bill McCamley pleaded for action and change on behalf of New Mexico citizens. Looking for a chance to liberate the Cannabis plant, stimulate the New Mexico economy, and revive a workforce hungry for their own socio-economic advancement. These cries have been heard before by other Cannabis and Social activists, ones of peace, not war. In New Mexico, the drug war on Marijuana is affecting the local communities social conditions in a negative way.
The increasing amount of cannabis-related arrests in New Mexico are taking its toll on communities that are looking to improve social conditions. With a medicinal plant meant to bring people together, we’ve seen just the opposite in the enforcement and policy in New Mexico. Javier Martinez is leading the charge to effectively change the way of life in his home state, and there is nothing more American than such pioneering.
Thomas Jefferson once declared Independence from the British, and that too was perceived as extreme. It takes trailblazers, like Jefferson and Martinez, to lead the way for their respective communities. Javier Martinez and Bill McCamley are requesting to free the tree, which can aid the needy, and stimulate the economy. The allure of cannabis makes sense for the working class communities as state, and local, economies will see an improvement in lifestyles and increased opportunities for families. Citizens of New Mexico find Cannabis appealing and favor the taxation and regulation of cannabis. If New Mexico follows the same patterns as previous states that patiently waited for legalization, it will happen.
The problem in “The Land of Enchantment” is not space, as the vast majority of the state is rural desert, but lack of natural resources and supply could become a challenge. This means a strict regulatory process is needed to regulate taxes, licensing, transporting, and even advertising. The joint resolution, of the 53rd legislature of New Mexico, amended the state’s constitution late last year, stating:
“Possession and personal use of marijuana shall be lawful by persons twenty-one years of age or older only if the legislature provides by law for: A.) the production, processing, transportation, sale, taxation and acceptable quantities and places of use of marijuana to protect public health and safety; and B.) any state revenue generated from the taxation of marijuana to be distributed to the general fund.”
So despite objection by the U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, it seems another state is drawing up a resolution to govern cannabis at the state level. Such revolutionary tactics have worked so far for Colorado, Washington, California, and even Washington D.C., the same D.C. where the regulators of our country reside; and yet cannabis thrives. How can we limit the growth of an industry that can save local, state, and the federal economy? Well, by holding on to outdated notions and stereotypes of Marijuana that most people find ridiculous today.
New Mexico is drawing up a regulatory system that limits the advertisement of cannabis to licensed cannabis establishments. Being a border state with a smaller population of slightly over 2 million, it is vital to establish regulations to control the flow of cannabis, revenue intake, and disbursement. This will inevitably include punishment for operating outside of the states regulated industry. No longer will petty crimes be charged to citizens for possession, legally or medically, but fines and punishment await those willing to operate outside such strict laws. Like California, New Mexico is implementing programs essentially rewarding aspiring small business entrepreneurs who apply for state licenses within the industry. New Mexico’s allocation of funds via grant programs will ensure the majority of the Tax dollars collected are disbursed directly back into society. Health and safety standards and environmental protections will be enacted to include a limit on pesticides while mandating laboratory testing. All licensees will be held to the state standards of environmental protection which include regulations on water usage and use of other hazardous materials.
“Rules developed in consultation with the New Mexico Department of agriculture and the department of environment to establish: (a) standards for the use of pesticides in the manufacture of cannabis, including the maximum allowances for pesticides and other foreign material such as hair, insects or other similar adulterants, in harvested cannabis.”
New Mexico will also be implementing a “Seed to Sale” type of system. Unlike California, New Mexico will be able to view the outcome of such laws on a smaller scale, which may actually make it easier and more of a bargain for the state. New Mexico, being open to change, is willing to revise the legislation based on the adaptability of the Cannabis plant and its effects on local environments.
House Bill 312 indicates in section 3.F:
“Beginning January 1, 2020, the advisory committee shall publish and provide to the legislature an annual report detailing its activities and recommendations made to the division during the preceding year and noting whether the division implemented any of the recommendations. The report shall include a recommendation on whether the legislature should adjust the cannabis excise tax based on the following considerations: (1) demand for cannabis items; (2) undercutting the illicit cannabis market; (3) preventing the cannabis market from undercutting the medical cannabis market; (4) preventing cannabis use by a person younger than twenty-one years of age; and (5) preventing cannabis use disorder.”
House Bill 312 clearly states the Government officials are open to reviewing the bill as early as 2020, to make immediate adjustments for the benefit of the State, business owners, and cannabis consumers alike. The ability to amend such bills allows the states governing system to adapt to cannabis, while the rest of society adapts to it as well. The changes applied are intended to keep the industry thriving via the adaptability of the legislators. The legislature will then enforce policy on Cannabis collectives to operate within the regulatory system that ensures a quality product for all consumers.
-By Robert Lara