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A Senate committee hearing tentatively scheduled for this weekend has been moved to Tuesday to give the bill’s sponsors more time.

And even with the few extra days, those following the New Mexico cannabis legalization debate don’t know what to expect, as proponents of competing legislation keep potential compromises close at hand.

Last Saturday, Senate Tax, Business, and Transportation Committee Chairman Benny Shendo, D-Jemez Springs, and Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, told backers four legalization bills presented to this committee that they should meet and come back with a consensus within a week for a second hearing. But even those instructions left it unclear whether the president would re-schedule all the bills, just one of them, or a combination. Wirth told SFR that the committee hearing was now set to take place on Tuesday because the parties working on a compromise “needed more time”.

Time is running out for the session that ends on March 20. Lawmakers said there was plenty of time to guide a version of a regulatory framework for adult use and taxation of the plant until a successful Senate vote. But they also warned that a procedural misstep could result in another year of no action.

House Bill 12 cleared the lower house Feb. 26 in a 39-31 vote. If lawmakers amend the bill in its next stops — a pair of Senate committees — and recommend its passage in the Senate, then it would move to a approval committee…

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A Senate committee hearing tentatively scheduled for this weekend has been moved to Tuesday to give the bill’s sponsors more time.

And even with the few extra days, those following the New Mexico cannabis legalization debate don’t know what to expect, as proponents of competing legislation keep potential compromises close at hand.

Last Saturday, Senate Tax, Business, and Transportation Committee Chairman Benny Shendo, D-Jemez Springs, and Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, told backers four legalization bills presented to this committee that they should meet and come back with a consensus within a week for a second hearing. But even those instructions left it unclear whether the president would re-schedule all the bills, just one of them, or a combination. Wirth told SFR that the committee hearing was now set to take place on Tuesday because the parties working on a compromise “needed more time”.

Time is running out for the session that ends on March 20. Lawmakers said there was plenty of time to guide a version of a regulatory framework for adult use and taxation of the plant until a successful Senate vote. But they also warned that a procedural misstep could result in another year of no action.

House Bill 12 cleared the lower house Feb. 26 in a 39-31 vote. If lawmakers amend the bill in its next stops — a pair of Senate committees — and recommend its passage in the Senate, then it would move to a approval committee…

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