House GOP Leader delivers faith-based letters opposing Governor’s marijuana legalization bill
Santa Fe, NM- House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (R-Artesia) delivered several letters from New Mexico faith leaders to Governor Lujan Grisham concerning their opposition to the push by her administration to legalize recreational marijuana. Leader Townsend additionally delivered the letters package to Senator Cervantes, chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee. The letters represent the many New Mexican faith-based groups that stand in opposition to Senate Bill 115, the Cannabis Regulation Act sponsored by Senator Ortiz y Pino (D-Albuquerque), Representative Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque), and Senator Jacob Candelaria (D-Albuquerque).
“Today I am delivering letters from faith-based organizations representing the vast majority of New Mexicans from across the state regarding the Governor’s marijuana bill. We have letters from the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Mormon community, the Baptists, as well as many other advocacy groups.” said House Republican Leader Jim Townsend, “I sincerely hope that the Governor will take the time to read these and understand the issues before New Mexicans. I also have a poll that was conducted earlier this year, that gives a broad spectrum of review from New Mexicans. According to the poll, of 930 voters across New Mexico recently 42% supported keeping the status quo of marijuana decriminalization and legal medical marijuana. So, this package clearly represents the values of New Mexicans and we ask the Governor to consider it in her decision making.”