One signature is all that is needed for medical marijuana consumption lounges to be legalized in New Mexico. If the bill is signed, it would go into effect on July 1, 2020.
However, due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), changes to the impending legislation may occur, NM Political Report noted. As of now, a reciprocity rule will allow medical marijuana patients from other states to patron the consumption lounges.
“What I think is very safe to say is that, just like any other business or essential service, they will have to follow the COVID-19 guidlines that are set out in the public health orders and executive orders,” said New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program Director Dominick Zurlo. “If COVID-19 continues the way we are right now, then that’s going to make things a little easier. But if we start seeing increases in transmission rates then once again, there may be changes.”
The consumption areas offer a place for medical marijuana patients living in smoke-free or cannabis-free residences to have a place to consume cannabis legally.
New Mexico is attempting to legalize recreational marijuana use in 2020 along with Arizona, Mississippi, New Jersey and South Dakota. Other states intended to legalize via ballot measures, but coronavirus hindered the signature gathering processes.