SANTA FE New Mexico - Gov. Susana Martinez is no fan of New Mexico's medical marijuana law, but she said today that overturning it is not a priority.
"We have have bigger issues that we have to deal with," Martinez said during a wide-ranging news conference.
She cited the weak economy and a looming New Mexico state budget deficit that she estimated at $450 million as topics of more importance to taxpayers and politicians.
Martinez, formerly the district attorney in Las Cruces New Mexico, said marijuana is an illegal narcotic under federal law. She said she opposed the drug's use for medical treatment. Legislators approved a medical marijuana program in 2007.
But Martinez's position that she would not make medical marijuana an issue in the coming legislative session heartened Bobbie Wooten, a paraplegic for 32 years.
Wooten, 50, of Silver City New Mexico, said legalization of marijuana for pain relief had improved her quality of life.
"It's better than having to take a whole list of prescription drugs, which is what I was doing before," she said in a telephone interview.
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