Tuesday, March 28, 2023

NM Cannabis Sales Pass $4M, US House Votes To Decriminalize Cannabis At the Federal Level


Cannabis sales in New Mexico were smokin' this weekend. Recreational cannabis sales have topped the $3 million mark since legal sales began Friday. As of 12 pm Sunday, more than $4.5 million in total sales were recorded statewide.

$1.96 million was sold in recreational cannabis on Friday, April 1, the first day of legal adult-use recreational sales. The total cannabis sales, including medical, was over $2.75 million.

According to state officials, there have been 49,552 transactions for recreational cannabis as of 12 pm Sunday, totaling $3,092,712. During that same period, about $1,425,000 worth of medical cannabis was sold.

On Friday, the House took a historic step in passing The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, which begins to address the historic injustices of the War on Drugs that have disproportionately impacted communities of color. Specifically, the MORE Act requires federal courts to expunge marijuana arrests and convictions and supports the development of expungement programs at the state level.

New Mexico Rep. Melanie Stansbury voted to pass the legislation. “Today the U.S. House took a major step in addressing the failed legacy of the War on Drugs and its disproportionate impacts on our communities by passing the MORE Act to decriminalize cannabis at the federal level,” said Stansbury. “New Mexico has already legalized both medical and recreational cannabis, the latter of which will take effect in New Mexico tomorrow. I was proud to support this legislation in New Mexico as a state legislator and today’s vote as our Congresswoman in order to help promote justice, equity, and economic development. Now, it’s time to get it through the Senate.” 


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