New Mexico Racing Commission votes to limit drug use, increase penalties
The New Mexico Racing Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to limit the use of drugs in the racing industry and create harsher penalties for those that violate the drug policy, reports the New York Times.
Under the new rules, New Mexico is one of the few jurisdictions allowing the lowest possible limit of two widely used pain killers. Violators of the stricter rules could face suspensions of up to three years.
The president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International praised New Mexico for adopting these new rules following a model the group created but also said a new model could be coming as the industry moves toward more and clearer limits on drugs used by trainers and veterinarians.