ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Most recent on New Mexico marijuana legalizing debate (all instances nearby):


10:30 a.m.

New Mexico Well being Secretary Kathyleen Kunkel says states that have legalized recreational marijuana use have observed their healthcare cannabis applications impacted.


Kunkel told a bipartisan group studying legalizing recreational marijuana in the state on Wednesday that is why any proposal to legalized recreational marijuana ought to seek to guard New Mexico’s present healthcare plan.

She says healthcare marijuana sufferers seek things like oils and suppositories that would not be sought by possible recreational customers.

This April 6, 2018, file photo shows the leaves of a marijuana plant inside Ultra Health's cultivation greenhouse in Bernalillo, N.M. A bipartisan group appointed by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to study legalizing recreational marijuana in the state is holding its first public meeting Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.
This April six, 2018, file photo shows the leaves of a marijuana plant inside Ultra Health’s cultivation greenhouse in Bernalillo, N.M. A bipartisan group appointed by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to study legalizing recreational marijuana in the state is holding its very first public meeting Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.

Kunkel says separate the healthcare marijuana and recreational systems would support present healthcare cannabis customers.

Her comments came as healthcare marijuana providers told the study group that any proposal to legalized recreational marijuana in New Mexico ought to supply protections to their operations.

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9:30 a.m.

A bipartisan group appointed by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to study legalizing recreational marijuana in the state is holding its very first public policy meeting.

The group is scheduled Wednesday to meet in Albuquerque and to hear from officials from the state’s present healthcare cannabis plan and from professionals of marijuana licensing.

Members of the group consist of Democratic and Republican legislators who sponsored unsuccessful legislation this year to authorize and tax recreational marijuana sales at state-run shops. That proposal passed a Property vote but stalled in the Senate.

The Governor’s Functioning Group on Cannabis Legalization is scheduled to hold a comparable meeting in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Aug. 28. It also is slated to check out Colorado to meet with state regulators there.