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Top Stories of 2019: #5 and #4 | The Line

1308 Line Recreational Cannabis

January 3, 2020 – Gene Grant and a special all-journalist Line panel continue to count down the top stories of 2019. Part art, part science, the list is based on impact and amount of time spent discussing it throughout the year. After decades spent debating the creation of an ethics commission, New Mexico voters made it so, and lawmakers spent much of the rest of the year prescribing how the new commission will go about its business. Similarly, the year’s fourth biggest story looked forward to potentially legalizing recreational cannabis. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed a task force to explore how the state’s medical cannabis program – which she ushered into existence as health secretary – would interact with legal recreational use. The Line’s journalists look ahead to the chances of legalization making it through the Legislature in 2020.

Line Panelists:
Gwyneth Doland, adjunct professor, UNM Communication & Journalism Dept.
Andy Lyman, reporter, New Mexico Political Report
Jessica Onsurez, news director, Carlsbad Current Argus
Steve Terrell, retired reporter, Santa Fe New Mexican

For More Information:
Producers to Determine Cannabis Security SpecificsNew Mexico Political Report

Public Role Urged for Ethics CommissionThe Albuquerque Journal

The Line: Medical and Recreational Cannabis in New Mexico

Line Marijuana Programs

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