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As a whole, 2018 has served as a big year for the little green plant called marijuana. Over the course of several weeks and one critical night (November 6, 2018), the mind-altering herb has paved its way across the State of Michigan (which has become the 10th state to legalize recreational use) and has left its mark on Missouri and Utah (the next two states to allow medical cannabis). While we typically consider the Pacific Coast to be a hub for medical marijuana and experimentation, we often forget about the influence of southern states like New Mexico, which provides a straightforward option for patients seeking alternative medicine. Grab your cowboy hat and sunglasses as we take a look at some facts about legal cannabis in New Mexico.

Land of Enchantment

Needless to say, after one trip to Mexico, you can easily see why it is affectionately called “The Land of Enchantment.” Who wouldn’t be swept away by the state’s breathtaking desert landscapes and it extraordinarily arid climate? Besides Alaska, New Mexico boasts the highest concentration of indigenous cultures, which continue to influence state society. In fact, this beautiful region is home to the esteemed Navajo Nation, 19 Puebloan groups, and 3 Apache tribes. Adventure-seekers will also enjoy exploring the sweeping, underground mazes of Carlsbad Caverns or traversing the sandy cliffs of Chaco Canyon. Of course, those seeking a peaceful visit can escape to White Sands National Park, an exquisite landscape filled with sugary soft, brilliant white dunes.

Tough Love

Overall, New Mexico continues to enforce strict regulations on marijuana. Recently, lawmakers attempted to pass SJR 5 (which would have granted voters the right to weigh in on the legalization of recreational weed), but the document was never approved. However, in 2007, New Mexico became the 12th state to legalize medical cannabis and has registered a total of 47,000 patients statewide. Penalties for recreational smokers are, however, still extremely rigorous. Possession of the drug (1 ounce or less) can result in a $50 to $100 fine or a maximum 15-day imprisonment. Likewise, carrying more than 1 ounce of the drug can result in a $1,000 fine and a whole year in prison.

Always remember that marijuana does not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.

The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.