A proposal that would allow voters to weigh in on legalizing recreational marijuana passed its second test and will now advance to the Senate floor.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-4 in favor of the proposed constitutional amendment on party lines, marking the first time marijuana legalization legislation has ever made it to the floor of either chamber in the New Mexico Legislature.

“The vote tonight made history because it’s never passed through two committees,” Emily Kaltenbach, executive director of Drug Policy Alliance New Mexico, said following the vote.

“It’s a really important step and it shows just the momentum of the discussion and the will of the people have finally been listened to.”

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Joey Peters ~ NMPoliticalReport.com ~

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