On Friday, scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham made a surprise appearance at Everest Cannabis Co., a pot shop in Albuquerque. The visit came as April 1 marks the first day of recreational marijuana sales in the state of New Mexico.
In 2021, Lujan Grisham demanded a special session to ram through the legal weed bill after the proposal failed in the regular session.
The law, which the Governor touted as an economic booster, will only bring in a meager $28 million annually, according to the Legislative Finance Committee, includes a 12% excise tax, which will ultimately be passed down to the consumer. This could create an incentive for drug cartels to make big profits off of cheaper products due to the illicit substance being cheaper than that which can be bought over the counter.
Weed dispensaries across the state have already been broken into ahead of the April 1 scheduled opening, with fears of more of this type of behavior ramping up in weeks ahead as legal weed is now widespread across New Mexico.
Despite concerns in ramming through the recreational weed bill in the 2021 Legislative Session, the consequences of the hastily passed law will reveal themselves in areas such as public safety, with traffic accidents and DUI arrests likely to go up, not to mention increased illegal drug activity.