The most obvious benefit of legalizing recreational cannabis in New Mexico is economic growth. According to an analysis from the Marijuana Policy Project, legalized and regulated sales of adult-use marijuana could generate more than $100 million in annual revenue within four years of implementation. Tax revenue generated from retail sales will be used to fund public schools, health services, and other essential state programs.
In addition to economic growth, industry experts predict that legal cannabis would create thousands of jobs in New Mexico. This could help reduce the unemployment rate—which currently stands at 6.7%—and provide individuals with much needed employment opportunities. Plus, as more businesses and organizations begin to invest in cannabis-related products and services, it could spur further economic development throughout the state.
It’s important to note that although recreational cannabis has been legalized in New Mexico, it is still heavily regulated by both federal and state laws. For example, it is illegal for anyone under 21 years old to purchase or possess cannabis products in any form; all purchases must also be made through licensed vendors only. Additionally, while driving under the influence (DUI) laws are not yet finalized in New Mexico, DUIs related to marijuana use are becoming increasingly common throughout the country due to its legal status.
Conclusion: All things considered, there are many ways that legalizing recreational cannabis could benefit New Mexicans—from increased tax revenue and jobs creation to improved public safety regulations related to DUIs and underage use prevention measures. While there are still some kinks that need to be worked out before we can fully realize these benefits, it’s clear that legalizing adult-use marijuana was a step forward for our state as we continue on our journey towards a brighter future for all New Mexicans.