Task Force Says Go With Privately-Owned Marijuana Shops

A NEW MEXICO TASK FORCE SAYS THE STATE SHOULD NOT OPERATE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA STORES … BUT ALLOW THE STORES TO BE PRIVATELY RUN WITH THE STATE REGULATING THE PRODUCT. THE ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL REPORTS THIS IS A SHIFT IN LEGISLATION THAT ADVANCED IN THE STATE HOUSE LAST SESSION AFTER MOST DEMOCRATS SAID THEY PREFERRED STATE-RUN CANNABIS SHOPS.

THE TASK FORCE, HEADED BY ABQ CITY COUNCILOR PAT DAVIS, IS LOOKING INTO REGULATORY OPTIONS TO LEGALIZE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA. MEMBERS ON TUESDAY ENDORSED A TRADITIONAL LICENSING SYSTEM FOR PRIVATE BUSINESSES TO GROW AND SELL THE DRUG. THEY ALSO RECOMMENDED AGAINST LOCAL GOVERNMENTS BANNING POT SALES IN THEIR JURISDICTIONS.

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