Politician Info

Senator Martin Heinrich publically supports federal legalization of marijuana. 

Holds office U.S. Senate

Position on Marijuana Legalization
Admitted to smoking marijuana in the past, supports federal legalization. Link
Position on Marijuana Decriminalization
Thinks legalization will come down the road, but for now, marijuana should be decriminalized. Link

Co-sponsored Legislation

S. 683: CARERS Act of 2015 (2015-16)


"Draconian laws spurred by the War on Drugs have not made us safer. Instead, people of color are arrested for cannabis possession at disproportionate rates and taxpayer money is wasted on incarceration. We've already legalized it in NM, it’s time to legalize it across the U.S." (September 10, 2023).

"This is an important step forward. Legalizing marijuana will create new economic opportunities for New Mexico and help us get one step closer to ending the failed War on Drugs." (March 11, 2021).

Rep. Martin Heinrich, a Democrat who won election to the U.S. Senate last month, said in an interview that the war on drugs "as it has been framed has not been successful."

He said New Mexico's biggest problem with controlled substances is with hard stuff such as heroin and methamphetamines, not pot. Therefore, Heinrich said, state and federal resources should be aimed primarily at those harder drugs. And as for marijuana?

"I certainly support the states being able to use medical marijuana with a prescription from a doctor, there is no question about that," Heinrich said. "I wouldn't say I'm briefed enough on the issue to make a commitment beyond that.

"I think we need to look very closely at what the real impacts are in Colorado and Washington and what happens in those states as a result and learn from it," Heinrich said. "That's going to take some time."

Contact Martin Heinrich

Email: info@martinheinrich.com

Web: https://martinheinrich.com/

Phone: 202-224-5521


709 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

Know more about this politician's position on marijuana? Tell us!