A co-sponsor of a bill that would legalize the use of recreational cannabis said he thinks it only has a “one in three” chance of becoming law this year.
Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, said Senate Bill 115 is undergoing a revision to better address some concerns raised before it’s heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
The bill cleared its first hurdle in late January when the Senate Public Affairs Committee voted 4-3 along party lines to advance it. Since then, Ortiz y Pino said he and the bill’s other sponsors have been meeting with supporters as well as opponents to make it more palatable.
As such, even if it becomes law, the start date for the recreational cannabis program has been pushed back from 2021 to 2022.
But Ortiz y Pino acknowledged it may take another year or two to get recreational cannabis through the Legislature — in part because time is running out on this year’s 30-day session, and the bill still must go through multiple committees. The session ends at noon Feb. 20.
“It’s going to be very tough to get this through as late in the session as it is,” he said. [Read more at Taos News]