Udall has acted in favor of legalizing marijuana, along with others in the New Mexico legislature.
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(4/20/2018) “States are really in the best position to determine whether or not to legalize medical marijuana but we need to keep watching states like Colorado who have legalized marijuana recreationally and continue to gather all the evidence to see what kind of effect it’s having on tourism, the economy, and communities," he said. "In the meantime, I don’t think it is wise for law enforcement to be expected to use its limited resources to prosecute recreational users.”
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., who voted for the budget bill, said through a spokeswoman that he supports the move to call off the dogs with regard to state medical marijuana programs.
"Except in cases where state action blatantly deprives people of their constitutional rights or puts them at risk, Sen. Udall doesn't think the federal government should attempt to overrule voter-approved laws," spokeswoman Jennifer Talhelm said in a written statement. "Neither of those circumstances is the case with medical marijuana laws. Americans are having a conversation about whether to de-criminalize marijuana at the state level, and Sen. Udall believes this provision lets that conversation continue."
"Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said he doesn't support legalizing marijuana and neither do most in Congress. He does, however, support New Mexico's medical marijuana law."
"I don't think there is any federal support for legalization," Udall told me in an interview. "I don't see any effort by this Congress or this Senate to legalize. I just don't see it happening. I'm not pushing for it."
Udall said the perception that people are getting locked up for smoking a little pot is off-base.
"As a practical matter we don't put people in jail for using a small amount of marijuana - nobody is going to jail for using a small amount of marijuana in a personal, home-type situation," Udall said. "Law enforcement is focused on the drug kingpins and cartels that are working out of Mexico, and they're focused on people way up the chain - the dealers. Those are the people we should be focused on. Those are the people making the profits and doing the damage."
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