New Mexico

Fri
19
Feb

20 states report pot legalization measures in 2016 election

Voters in 20 U.S. states could potentially legalize some form of cannabis use in the November 2016 election — part of a historic backlash to the century-old war on marijuana.

According to Ballotpedia, the encyclopedia of American politics, activists have submitted ballot measures for public vote in: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Tue
16
Feb

Recreational marijuana measure dies in New Mexico Senate

New Mexico won't follow the lead of Colorado and other Western states that have legalized marijuana as a recreational drug, at least not this year.

State senators on Sunday night voted 24-17 against a proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed people 25 and older to buy and smoke marijuana. The measure also would have legalized industrial hemp, a cousin of the marijuana plant, that has myriad commercial uses.

All 18 Republicans and six Democrats voted against the proposal to legalize marijuana and hemp after a debate lasting about 40 minutes. Both advocates and opponents of the marijuana measure used crime as their leading argument.

Tue
16
Feb

2-Month-Old Youngest Ever To Be Treated with Cannabis Oil

In an unprecedented move doctors in Colorado are treating a 2-month old baby with cannabis oil at Children's Hospital Colorado.

The Nunez family of Albuquerque, New Mexico travelled to Denver seeking treatment for their daughter, Amylea who was born in December and started suffering from seizures immediately after birth. She was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy.

Tue
16
Feb

Budding operation: NM's nonprofit medical marijuana takes 'big business' turn

Eric Howard takes great pride in his “ladies,” each of which can yield up to 16 ounces of medical cannabis in a 16-week life cycle.

“They get so heavy, they fall over right at the end,” said Howard, master grower at an 11-acre growing facility in Bernalillo owned by Ultra Health LLC. A trellis system is needed to support the heavy flowering branches of the mature plants.

Howard urges a visitor to feel one of the dense flowers, which leaves a sticky resin on the fingers.

Thu
11
Feb

New Mexico: Marijuana legalization clears first hurdle

A proposal to legalize marijuana advanced from the Senate Rules Committee Wednesday morning, in a fashion that even a key supporter found surprising.

Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, presenting marijuana legalization to the Senate Rules Committee.

The Senate Rules Committee initially voted against a do-pass motion, which would send the proposed constitutional amendment to the Senate Judiciary Committee with a recommendation to pass. The vote was on party lines with Democrats in favor and Republicans against; there were an equal number of each in the committee Wednesday.

Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, then asked for a do-pass with no recommendation. Sen. Ted Barela, R-Estancia, joined all Democrats present and voted for the legislation.

Sat
30
Jan

5 Major Developments That Change How We Should Think About Marijuana

Here's the latest research on pot and drinking, pot and opiate dependency, pot and IQ, pot and migraines, and pot and obesity.

Scientific discoveries are published almost daily rebuking  the federal government’s contention that cannabis is a highly dangerous substance lacking therapeutic efficacy. But most of these findings are relegated to obscure, peer-reviewed journals and, therefore, often go unnoticed by the major media and the general public. Here are five new cannabis-centric studies that warrant mainstream attention.

Fri
29
Jan

New Mexico poll: 3 out of 5 residents want recreational marijuana

 

Three out of five New Mexico residents support the legalization and taxation of recreational marijuana, according to poll results released Thursday.

The survey by Albuquerque-based Research & Polling Inc. found that 61 percent of residents would back legislation to legalize pot sales among adults 21 and over, while 28 percent were opposed.

“We just said straight up, ‘Do you support or oppose a bill that would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana sales for adult use in New Mexico?'” said pollster Brian Sanderoff, president of Research & Polling.

Thu
07
Jan

Gary Johnson quits top weed job to run for president

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson has left his role as the head of a marijuana company and will run for president as a libertarian.

Johnson announced his campaign Wednesday on the Fox Business Network.

"I want to take this opportunity to announce my candidacy for president," Johnson said. "I am hoping to get the Libertarian nomination for president in 2016 and in fact offer that alternative."

"I think the biggest problem facing this country is the $20 trillion debt that we will have when Obama leaves office," he said. "Government is too big, it’s unwieldy, it’s out of control, we need to get control."

Wed
30
Dec

Will New Mexico Get Legal Marijuana? State Representative Files Pot Legalization Bill

New Mexico will move one step closer to legalizing marijuana in the new year. A state representative has pre-filed a bill that would legalize marijuana and hemp in the state, Albuquerque’s KOB TV reported Tuesday, and he plans to introduce the bill during the Legislature’s next session in January.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Bill McCamley, would allow people age 21 and older to purchase and use pot legally. It would also legalize the production and sale of industrial hemp in New Mexico. Under the proposed legislation, the state would be permitted to regulate marijuana growers and distributors.

Wed
02
Dec

Man sues Border Patrol over right to carry medical marijuana

LAS CRUCES - A Deming man is suing the U.S. Border Patrol, alleging agents are failing to adhere to a new rule that allow him to carry medical marijuana without risking federal charges.

Raymundo Marrufo, who participates in New Mexico's medical marijuana program, filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court seeking an injunction against the U.S. Border Patrol in connection with questions the agency poses to travelers at border checkpoints.

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