(New Mexico Independent) A bill to repeal New Mexico’s medical marijuana bill will not receive a vote this year as the sponsor of the bill has reportedly pulled the legislation.
The Santa Fe Reporter states that the bill’s sponsor, Rep. James Smith, R-Sandia Park, has pulled the bill and is replacing it with a House Memorial that would would instead compel the Department of Health to study the program and its effectiveness.
HM 53 says, “the department of health be requested to conduct a study of the impact on the state of the Controlled Substances Therapeutic Research Act and the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act.”
I can always get behind the study of the existing medical marijuana programs. More states should be studying their programs. It’s good to see a legislator backing off on the notion of just repealing a popular program without first studying the issue, because we know if they objectively study medical marijuana they’ll find programs that are operating successfully and causing no harm to society.