A poll released on Thursday found that three of five residents in New Mexico want to legalize the recreational use and taxation of marijuana statewide. The survey, conducted by Albuquerque-based Research & Polling Inc., was given between Jan. 8 and Jan. 13. Asked what questions were on the survey, president of Research & Polling Brian Sanderoff said, “We just said straight up, ‘Do you support or oppose a bill that would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana sales for adult use in New Mexico?’” Interestingly enough, the poll found that among self-proclaimed Republicans 43 percent said they supported legalization.
Furthermore, support for legalization rose to 69 percent when subjects were told that they tax revenue would be used for healthcare and substance abuse programs. This survey was taken as Rep. Bill McCamley, D-Mesilla Park, looks to bring a legalization proposal before the Republican-led New Mexico House of Representatives. Nonetheless, Democratic State Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, said he believes that legalization is inevitable due to changing attitudes toward marijuana across the nation.
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