SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A proposal to let New Mexico voters decide whether to legalize marijuana has stalled—for now.
The state Senate Rules Committee failed Friday to debate the constitutional amendment.
The proposal's sponsor, Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, says he hopes the committee takes up the measure next week.
If lawmakers approve the proposal, voters in November would decide whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults over 21.
However, the plan is likely to face difficulty in the Legislature.
Republican Gov. Susana Martinez also opposes it, but she has no authority to prevent it from being put to voters.
Colorado and Washington state have legalized marijuana. Pot stores opened in Colorado last month, and sales should start in Washington later this year.