New Mexico is holding community input meetings to see where the state’s residents stand on legalizing adult-use marijuana. While the first meeting was a little heated, it seems that the general consensus is that recreational marijuana needs proper regulation. The meetings are being led by Doña Ana County Sheriff Kim Stewart.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham selected Stewart to lead these meetings, according to CBS 4 Local News. Stewart is part of a group of 20 people from across New Mexico tasked with studying the various marijuana legalization proposals. The sheriff wants to see where the public stands and has chosen to hold these meetings to obtain the public’s opinion.
Sheriff Stewart said, “I know nationally what statistics say regarding legislation of recreational cannabis. I really don’t know what the people in Doña Ana think.”
Legalization supporter Chad Lozano said, “I don’t want something that is passed just to pass it. If we don’t do it smart we’re going to suffer. Especially the medical cannabis patients. That’s why I’m here to ensure the patients have a voice. Because if they don’t do this right, the patients of New Mexico will suffer.”