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NM Special Session Report


On March 29, 2021, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a Proclamation for a Special Session of the Fifty-Fifth Legislature to commence at noon. The purpose of the special session was three-fold:

  1. Legalizing adult-use recreational cannabis and addressing social inequities caused by previous drug-related policies including any necessary appropriations,

  2. Amending the Local Economic Development Act, and

  3. Appropriating legislative cash balances for the expenses of the special session.

The Governor made it clear at the end of the Regular Session that a special session would be called before the end of the month to address cannabis legalization in New Mexico. Two bills relating to legalizing adult-use cannabis and addressing social justice inequities passed during the two-day session are expected to be signed. New Mexico would be the 18th state to legalize recreational-use cannabis and the fifth state to do so legislatively.