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Pandemic Reopening, New Cannabis Law and Living on ‘Chile Street’

This week on New Mexico in Focus, The Line opinion panel assembles virtually to discuss the state’s full reopening, scheduled for July 1. The group also discusses New Mexico’s seemingly permanent place near the bottom of an annual child wellbeing survey. Finally, the panel considers another important date: June 29, when adult-use cannabis becomes legal. There’s a long way to go for New Mexico’s nascent industry and cities like Albuquerque are figuring out important zoning issues.  
Growing Forward podcast hosts Megan Kamerick and Andy Lyman talk to Doña Ana County Sheriff Kim Stewart about how her deputies will deal with the new cannabis law. 
Former Albuquerque Journal and Washington Post reporter Marie C. Baca has started a newsletter based on New Mexico’s social media scene, and Gwyneth Doland chats with her about the new venture. 
Laura Paskus speaks with New Mexico Environment Secretary James Kenney about the development of new regulations for the oil and gas industry, as the governor focuses on combating climate change.

Host: Gene Grant 

The Line Opinion Panel: 
Serge Martinez, UNM Law School 
Edmund Perea, attorney and public safety consultant 
Giovanna Rossi, Collective Action Strategies 

Legal Cannabis and Law Enforcement 
Megan Kamerick, Growing Forward co-host 
Andy Lyman, Growing Forward co-host 
Guest: Kim Stewart, Doña Ana County Sheriff 
Chile Street Newsletter 
Correspondent: Gwyneth Doland 
Guest: Marie C. Baca, journalist 
NM’s Coming Oil and Gas Regulations 
Correspondent: Laura Paskus 
Guest: James Kenney, NM Environment Secretary