February 14, 2020

The governor is behind legalization, but New Mexico legislators may take a little more time to evolve on the issue. (SeanPavonePhoto/AdobeStock)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s bid to become the 12th U.S. state to legalize recreational use of marijuana abruptly fell flat after state senators in a legislature dominated by Democrats rejected a bill that would have forced permission for sales in all of the state’s cities and towns.

In a late-night committee vote Wednesday, two Democratic senators joined with Republicans in a 6-4 vote to halt the legalization bill that would have also expunged past marijuana convictions and helped the state’s existing medical cannabis program with tax breaks and patient…

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