A new survey released Friday shows almost 3 in 4 New Mexicans support legalizing recreational marijuana. The poll comes a month before the start of a legislative session in which the governor is expected to back a bill aiming to do just that.

Seventy-three percent of New Mexico voters support legalization, with 52 percent supporting it “strongly,” according to a survey conducted by polling company Change Research and commissioned by a cannabis working group set up by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Support increased to 75 percent after respondents read about recommendations made by the task force.

Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis, who led the working group, pointed to a data point from the survey showing 73 percent of respondents would support the sale of marijuana in their own communities, though only 39 percent would “very or somewhat likely to purchase cannabis products themselves.”


Jens Gould covers politics for the Santa Fe New Mexican. He was a correspondent for Bloomberg News in Mexico City, a regular contributor for TIME in California, and produced the video series Bravery Tapes.

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