The proposed laws “would cut the definition of ‘safety-sensitive place’” beneath the state’s medical hashish regulation, in keeping with the Santa Fe New Mexican. That provision has precluded first responders and firefighters from getting into the New Mexico medical marijuana program, which launched in 2007.
“As proposed, the definition would solely embrace workers who’re required to hold a firearm or function a car with a industrial driver’s license and ‘whose efficiency beneath the affect of medicine or alcohol would represent a direct or direct risk of harm or dying to the particular person or one other.’ State regulation presently defines a ‘safety-sensitive place’ ineligible for the medical hashish program extra broadly, barring firefighters from utilizing medical hashish with out their employer’s permission,” the publication reported.
The laws is being backed by native firefighters unions.
“We’d use accountable coverage to handle every little thing similar to about alcohol, and never solely alcohol however different prescribed drugs that we’re not allowed to make use of after we’re engaged on the job,” Miguel Tittmann, the president of Worldwide Affiliation of Hearth Fighters (IAFF) 244, informed native information station KOAT.
“We’d not have the ability to use medical marijuana so many hours previous to the shift if we have been in a position to negotiate accountable coverage.”
Christopher Johnson, the president of IAFF 2362 in Las Cruces, echoed these sentiments.
“I feel a whole lot of our hope was that that will have the ability to be cleared up on the state degree, which might sort of open up the door for the municipalities to start out making that distinction and permit them to permit us to make use of that as effectively,” Johnson told KOAT.
The invoice is presently being thought-about by a committee within the state Home of Representatives.
Democrats maintain majorities in each chambers of the New Mexico legislature.
The state’s Democratic governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, has additionally confirmed to be pro-cannabis.
In 2021, she signed laws that made adult-use marijuana authorized in New Mexico, which she hailed as an financial coup for the state.
“The legalization of adult-use hashish paves the best way for the creation of a brand new financial driver in our state with the promise of making hundreds of fine paying jobs for years to come back,” Grisham mentioned on the time. “We’re going to enhance client security by making a bona fide business. We’re going to start out righting previous wrongs of this nation’s failed struggle on medicine. And we’re going to interrupt new floor in an business that will effectively remodel New Mexico’s financial future for the higher.”
“As we glance to rebound from the financial downturn brought on by the pandemic, entrepreneurs will profit from this nice alternative to create profitable new enterprises, the state and native governments will profit from the added income and, importantly, staff will profit from the possibility to land new sorts of jobs and construct careers,” Grisham added.
Grisham mentioned the measure was “a serious, main step ahead for our state.”
“Legalized adult-use hashish goes to vary the best way we take into consideration New Mexico for the higher – our workforce, our economic system, our future. We’re prepared to interrupt new floor. We’re able to spend money on ourselves and the limitless potential of New Mexicans. And we’re able to get to work in making this business a profitable one,” the governor mentioned.
Medical and leisure hashish gross sales in New Mexico totaled more than $40 million in December.