After a three-hour debate Thursday night, the state House of Representatives by a narrow margin—36-34—approved a measure that would legalize recreational use of marijuana in New Mexico.
Any resident 21 years or older would be allowed to buy, possess and use cannabis under the proposal, which also would create a state oversight commission.
House Bill 356 next heads to the Senate for consideration. If the Senate approves it, it would go to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who has said she favors legalizing recreational marijuana if the proper safeguards are put in place.