Polls show conflicting data regarding support of marijuana legalization in New Mexico

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Two polls are showing two very different stances on the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Emerson College says 63% of New Mexico voters are opposed to full legalization. It also found 42% supported keeping just medical marijuana. A nonpartisan nonprofit called Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) says lawmakers should take notice.

“The overwhelming message from this poll is that the legislature should stop any efforts to fully legalize marijuana.” Luke Niforatos, SAM Chief of Staff, said. “They should proceed with caution when looking at this industry.”

However, a different poll from Change Research found 75% of New Mexicans support the legalization of recreational marijuana. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has previously made it known that she wants marijuana legalized at this year’s session.

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