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New Mexico Democrats Pick Pro-Marijuana Nominee for Governor

U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham has received the Democratic nomination for Governor of New Mexico. She will face Representative Steve Pearce in this fall’s election. Grisham is pro-marijuana and hopes to see expansions for health and safety regulations to the state’s medical marijuana program.

Grisham seems to be pro-recreational marijuana as well, by advising the state’s lawmakers to view the laws in other recreationally legal states prior to introducing new legislation, CBTimes reports. Grisham is a co-sponsor of the CARERS Act. This legislation is in Congress to allow for cultivation and processing of CBD products, remaining compliant with state law.

Grisham said earlier in her campaign that, “I am committed to working with the legislature to move toward legalizing recreational cannabis in a way that improves public safety, boosts state revenues and allows for New Mexico businesses to grow into this new market.”

Grisham headed the New Mexico Health Department when the medical marijuana program began in 2007.

Her opponent, Jeff Apodaca has a personal connection to marijuana as he used it to battle his own cancer. He is also calling for legalization.

Apodaca said, “We know the medical benefits of it. And we also know the opportunities of legalization for adult use.”

The good news for Grisham is that her Republican opponent is not marijuana-friendly and opposes legalization.