Cannabis, marijuana, pot, reefer, wacky tobacky: it's on the peoples' minds so it's on politicians' minds too. Economic liberals and civil rights conservatives all want it legalized, but up to now both groups have been represented by a tiny minority in Congress. Find out how that's changing.
Hemp vetoes overturned, federal legalization looms
By Joshua Lee
New Mexico has enacted a law allowing for hemp research to be conducted at the state's universities and establishes a fund for hemp research, and another law which calls for the Department of Agriculture to issue licenses to grow industrial hemp for research purposes. Next US Farm Bill is expected to remove barriers to hemp production as well, removing New Mexico's economic lead.
A measure to decriminalize the possession of an ounce or less of cannabis passed by a hair, though four City Councilors still felt it's a good idea to lock people in a cage for using a substance that doesn't harm anybody.
Joshua Lee lifts his mood and mildly relaxes his muscles with Lucky Charms, then Sage n Sour stirs up a pleasant mix of sensations in his wretched sinuses and gives him a low-level impression of well-being without the hyperactive, searching mind of many other sativas.
You can feel the envious gazes of our state's lawmakers creeping toward the coffers of Colorado and California and seeing all those dollars piling up on schools and infrastructure, but the N.M. Senate Judiciary Committee has given us another year to contemplate financial asceticism.
Vermont legislature legalizes (no ballot initiative!); report released on financial and public safety benefits for states that have legalization so far; N.M. looks for better protection from feds than the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment; study explains difficulties of chemical (rather than behavioral) tests for impairment.