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REGIONAL NEWS: Mayor opposes marijuana legalization in New Mexico

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By Michael McDevitt | Las Cruces Sun-News 

As New Mexico faces the prospect of legalizing marijuana for recreational use, the left-leaning Las Cruces City Council at a Monday work session was unsurprisingly supportive, with a notable exception — Mayor Ken Miyagishima (photo).

On Wednesday, Miyagishima told Sun-News that a legalization bill would be the “most irresponsible” legislation he’s ever seen passed during his more than 20 years in New Mexico government.

Miyagishima voiced his staunch opposition after the council listened to a legalization policy proposal from Pat Davis, an Albuquerque city councilor. Davis chaired a work group appointed by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to put together a series of policy recommendations for pot’s proposed legalization.

“This just seems backwards to me,” Miyagishima said of the plan during the work session.

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