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The Line: Albuquerque Considers Banning Plastics

1228 Line ABQ Plastics Ban

January 11, 2019 – Goodbye to plastic straws for your drinks and plastic bags for your groceries? Four Albuquerque City Councilors recently introduced a proposal to ban single-use plastics at restaurants and retail shops.  Santa Fe passed a similar measure over a year ago, although it encouraged retailers not to provide plastic items unless asked and did not ban them outright. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the pros and cons of a ban on non-reusable plastics in the Duke City.

 

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Christine Sierra, UNM political science professor emerita

The Line: ABQ City Councilors Vote To Decriminalize Cannabis

April 6, 2018 – Marijuana is illegal at the federal level, even though 29 states have legalized marijuana in some form. Medical cannabis is legal in New Mexico, but recreational cannabis is not. This week, Albuquerque city councilors voted to decriminalize pot, lowering penalties for possessing an ounce or less of marijuana to a $25 citation and no jail time. Will Mayor Keller approve the ordinance? How will Albuquerque laws mesh with state laws? Gene Grant and the Line panelists debate the issue.

Line Panelists:
Diane Denish, former lieutenant governor of New Mexico
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

Further reading:

ABQ City Council votes to send cannabis decriminalization to Keller’s desk By Andy Lyman, NM Political Report

This City Just Voted To Decriminalize Marijuana By Burgess Powell