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Criminal Records at Issue as New Mexico Mulls Pot Legalization

March 30, 2021, 9:00 AM

Recreational marijuana will get a second shot at legalization in New Mexico as lawmakers begin a special legislative session Tuesday to work out kinks in a plan they couldn’t agree on earlier this month.

Among the sticking points: How to craft a plan that would let communities benefit that have been hit hard by arrests for marijuana possession in the past, and how to treat the criminal records of people previously convicted of marijuana-related offenses

“Cannabis proposal does not include pardon provision for those previously convicted of cannabis crimes,” state Sen. Jacob Candelaria (D) said Monday on Twitter. “Without this...

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