Santa Fe, NM – Below is a statement from Emily Kaltenbach, New Mexico State Director and Senior Director of Criminal Justice Reform Strategy for the Drug Policy Alliance, who served on the Governor’s working group on cannabis legalization, in response to the recommendations that were released today by the group:
“Having worked towards cannabis legalization in New Mexico for the better part of the last decade, we are grateful the Governor’s office involved us in this process by inviting us to be a part of the working group. We are excited by the opportunity to help shape New Mexico’s policies as it looks to become the 12th state in the country to legalize and regulate cannabis.
Many of the working group's recommendations reflect DPA's priorities, including creating equity in the marketplace, reinvesting back into communities most harmed by prohibition, protecting the medical cannabis program, safeguarding children, and establishing strong consumer protections.
We are pleased that the Working Group specifically endorsed:
We have a responsibility through legalization to repair the harms to communities most impacted by prohibition and ensure that equity, along with social and economic justice, are at the heart of any cannabis legalization proposal."