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Legislators advanced a proposal Monday to legalize recreational marijuana across New Mexico and lift the state’s tight restrictions on production for its medical marijuana program.

After more than six hours of testimony and deliberations, a legislative committee on health issues endorsed one Democrat-backed House bill and sidelined a second in efforts to set up a taxed and regulated marketplace for broad cannabis sales.

The two-day hearing pushed to the forefront an initiative that would subsidize medical marijuana for the poor and do away with current limits on the number of plants each licensed producer can grow. In all, four legislative proposals have been filed to legalize recreational marijuana sales.

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