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Sierra Middle School parent wants teens caught with marijuana to face consequences

2/3/20--Four Las Cruces teens caught with marijuana at Sierra Middle School on Friday, Jan. 31, are now facing the consequences. John Rivera, a parent of a Sierra Middle School student, said they need to face the consequences to set an example for all the other kids so they know it’s not OK, and hopefully they learn a lesson and don’t do it again. Read

‘It’s irresponsible’: Las Cruces Mayor says no to legalizing recreational marijuana

1/19/20--On Friday, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced her support for a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older. But, Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima says choosing to legalize recreational marijuana is not what the city or state needs right now. Read

State lawmakers discuss new bill to legalize marijuana

1/1/20--Some state representatives said they are hopeful New Mexico will be the next state to jump on board with legalizing recreational pot. Rep. Javier Martinez, (D)-Albuquerque, is part of the task force created by Gov. Michele Lujan Grisham working to legalize marijuana here in New Mexico. Martinez is pre-filing a new bill in the coming days to legalize marijuana. He said under the new legislation, recreational marijuana would be a private industry, regulated similar to the way the state does liquor stores. Read

Border Patrol seizes 200 lbs. of marijuana

11/2/19--Border Patrol Agents, working in southern New Mexico, disrupted a smuggling attempt, while agents in El Paso, Texas, identified a criminal attempting to illegally enter undetected. The total weight of the marijuana seized was approximately 234 pounds. Read

NM to begin push to legalize recreational marijuana

7/8/19--The push to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana in New Mexico is beginning this week. On Wednesday, industry officials and policy experts will meet for the first time to begin crafting proposals to move legalization legislation forward. Read

New Mexico bill would create first state-run pot shops in US

3/12/19--New Mexico would become the first U.S. state to set up its own government-operated marijuana stores and subsidize medical cannabis for the poor under a bill brokered between Republicans and Democrats, as a new wave of states weighs legislation that would legalize recreational sales and consumption. Read

New Mexico moves toward legalizing recreational marijuana

3/8/19--New Mexico took a step toward legalizing recreational marijuana when its House approved a bill that would allow state-run stores and require customers to carry a receipt with their marijuana or face penalties. The measure mixes major provisions of a Republican-backed Senate bill that emphasizes aggressive regulation with a draft by Democrats concerned about the U.S. war on drugs. The 36-34 vote sends the bill to the Democratic-controlled Senate for consideration. Read

Dueling bills lay out different visions for recreational marijuana

2/23/19--Very different visions for legalizing marijuana in New Mexico are a bit closer to becoming reality after legislative hearings on Saturday. It remains unclear whether the full Senate would approve either Senate Bill 577 and/or House Bill 356 this year, making the campaign to legalize cannabis something of a long shot as the legislative session nears its end March 16. Read

New Mexico Republicans say legalize marijuana, but let the government sell it

2/15/19--Republican state lawmakers in New Mexico want recreational marijuana to be legally sold in stores, but they’re proposing that the state government own and operate marijuana dispensaries. The New Mexico proposal would be a new model for the United States. In nearby Nevada as well as California, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, where recreational marijuana is legal and available in stores, it’s sold at government-regulated, privately run businesses. Read

Cannabis industry grows as source of campaign funds

8/11/18--Though it’s currently nowhere near the level of more established businesses, a rising source of campaign contributions is marijuana — the people and companies that grow, package, and sell the drug for the state’s medical marijuana program. With public attitudes becoming more favorable — and the number of medical marijuana patients exploding in this state — contributions from the industry are rising. Though dwarfed by the nearly $1.4 million contributed by oil-related entities to political campaigns in 2018, those in the marijuana industry say their cash — and thus, their muscle — is growing. Read

UNM Study: Medical marijuana an alternative for opioids

11/27/17--University of New Mexico researchers say the legal availability of medical marijuana has the potential to reduce opioid use among chronic pain patients. The results indicate a strong correlation between enrollment in New Mexico’s medical marijuana program and cessation or reduction of opioid use. Read

First billboard for medical marijuana appears in Albuquerque

10/23/17--A Clear Channel approved billboard promoting medical marijuana is a first for the outdoor advertising industry in New Mexico. The medical marijuana company Pur-Life features its campaign slogan “This is medicine.” Pur-Life says they hope the ads will remove the stigma behind marijuana and bring awareness to how it can help people suffering from debilitating conditions. Read

Doña Ana County jail director Barela charged with marijuana possession

7/14/17--Doña Ana County Detention Center Director Christopher Barela was charged with purchasing marijuana from undercover sources on four separate occasions earlier this year, according to court records. A police affidavit alleges that Barela had been purchasing marijuana every five to 10 days "on a consistent basis" for about two years. Read

Medical marijuana a booming industry in NM

5/15/17--Customers, sales revenue, and dispensaries have exploded the past year with more than 40,000 people now signed up to purchase medical marijuana in New Mexico. Since Jan. 1, some 8,000 New Mexicans obtained a state-issued license that allows them to legally buy pot, pushing patient enrollment to 40,432 in April. With the recent growth spurt, enrollment has increased by 84 percent since March 2016. Read

New Mexico medical marijuana balloons in just a year

5/15/17--About 8,000 New Mexico residents have obtained a medical marijuana license since Jan. 1, which brings the statewide total to more than 40,000 patients. The amount of patients has increased by 84 percent since March 2016. The number of dispensaries has also increased. The statewide total is at 56 after being at just 36 in January 2016. Read

Hundreds gather for cannabis festival in Las Cruces

3/5/17--Billed as New Mexico's largest medical marijuana festival, the organizers of CANNAville said their goal is to change the stigma that comes with marijuana. "This is the fifth event of its kind within New Mexico in the last year," said Ray Vigil, organizer of the event. "We're bringing together the general public and the patients so we can bring awareness and education." Read

New Mexico GOP calls out House Speaker for failing to disclose cannabis ties

2/15/17--The Republican Party of New Mexico criticized the Democratic House Speaker Brian Egolf of Santa Fe for not disclosing his work as an attorney for a licensed marijuana producer as the Legislature considers several cannabis-related bills. Egolf says he complied with disclosure requirements by listing each state agency before which he has represented a client, and that he sees no conflict in acting on marijuana-related legislation that is not specific to his client. Read

Marijuana legalization begins moving through NM House

2/4/17--The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted 3-1 to allow House Bill 89 legalizing recreational marijuana to keep moving through the House. The measure must go through two more committees before reaching the House floor. The proposal could generate about $60 million a year in tax revenue for New Mexico schools, health programs and other efforts. Read

Proposal extends options on medical marijuana in N.M.

1/9/17--The amount of medical cannabis that licensed producers in New Mexico are allowed to grow would more than double under a bill filed in the state Senate, and patients in the state program would be permitted to possess more marijuana. Read

New Mexico voters want to legalize recreational marijuana

10/10/16--The majority of the voters in New Mexico would like to see marijuana legalized for recreational purposes, according to a new poll conducted by the Albuquerque Journal. The survey finds that 61 percent of the voting public would support a measure aimed at establishing a taxed and regulated cannabis trade. Read

Medical marijuana grower booted from state fair

9/9/16--Ultra Health, the state’s largest medical marijuana grower, could be in jeopardy of losing its license after it was booted from the New Mexico State Fair. Read