SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal that would make New Mexico the initially U.S. state to set up government-operated marijuana retailers seems dead in the existing legislative session.

Sen. John Sapien, a Bernalillo Democrat, stated Thursday lawmakers nevertheless have inquiries about the measure with only hours left prior to the session ends.

Some private organizations and health-related marijuana providers have issues more than how the bill is written.

The bill passed by the state Home would legalize recreational marijuana in New Mexico.

Even so, it has stalled in the Senate Finance Committee and it does not seem that Sen. John Arthur Smith, chair of the panel, planned to give it a hearing.

Sapien says some private organizations and health-related marijuana providers have issues more than how the bill is written.

The notion for state-run pot shops came from a trio of GOP state senators who broke with celebration orthodoxy to embrace legal marijuana.