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The Line: Medical and Recreational Cannabis in New Mexico

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July 19, 2019 – Marijuana is being considered on two fronts, with the public currently weighing in on proposed changes to the medical cannabis program, while Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has assigned a task force to explore a path to legalizing recreational marijuana. Gene Grant and the Line look at issue.

Line Panelists:
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & host on KKOB
Inez Russell Gomez, Santa Fe New Mexican
Mary T. Torres, attorney

For Further Reading:

Soundoff On Cannabis RulesSanta Fe Reporter

How Colorado’s marijuana legalization strengthened the drug’s black marketPBS NewsHour

Medical Cannabis Costs Rise, Patient Pools Shrink With Full Legalization in California and Other StatesCannabis News Journal

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