New Mexico Legislature Maintains Status Quo: Enables Illegal Spying, Drug Prohibition, Other Federal Programs

SANTA FE, N.M. (March 24, 2016) – New Mexico State House and Senate leadership helped maintain the status quo, failing to take action against unconstitutional spying and the failed drug war in 2016. It killed four bills that would have hampered the federal enforcement of these unconstitutional policies, with several legislative acts not even receiving a vote in their respective chambers.

A rundown of key legislation that failed in New Mexico this year is as follows:

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To the Governor’s Desk: Florida Passes Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana for Terminal Patients, Defying Federal Ban

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 7, 2016) – A bill expanding the state’s “Right to Try” law by legalizing the limited use of medical marijuana passed the state Senate today and will go on to the governor’s desk. If signed into law, the legislation will further nullify in effect federal prohibition of cannabis.

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Rhode Island Bill would Legalize Marijuana for Recreational Use, Foundation to Nullify Federal Prohibition

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Mar. 2, 2016) – A bill introduced in the Rhode Island House would legalize marijuana for recreational use. Passage would not only legalize marijuana in the Ocean State, but would also take a big step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in practice in the state.

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Vermont Senate Passes Bill to Legalize Marijuana, Nullify Federal Prohibition in Practice

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Feb. 26, 2016) – A Vermont bill that would legalize small amounts of marijuana for recreational use and create a framework for cultivation and retail sales passed the Senate yesterday. If ultimately signed into law, the legislation would take a big step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in practice in Vermont.

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