Scope our Cannabis Issue to spark up knowledge on New Mexico's medical marijuana policy landscape, an unlikely New Mexican MMJ patient and a recreational marijuana vacation in Pagosa Springs.
Our fourth issue of 2015 also proffers:
• The Weekly Alibi pop quiz, Crib Notes
• A review of Michael Mann's high-tech cyber-thriller Blackhat
• Show Up! On Beholding and Belonging: Five gigs prove there's no place like home
• An arts feature examining Amazon's battle for publishing dominance, Storytime is Over: How Amazon is out-Goliathing the publishing industry
• A review of Kokoro Japanese Restaurant, Back from the Heart of Japan
• And much, much more! Including micro reviews of new releases by California X, Marilyn Manson and The Decemberists; Odds & Ends; venues that offer drinks while making art in Sip, Paint, Repeat; A Drinkable Feast honoring J.D. Salinger; and so on.
And don't forget to fill out our fast, easy and 100 percent anonymous Third Annual Sex Survey to inform our coverage of Albuquerque's circa 2015 lovescape.
The mutilated corpses of four dogs were discovered at the Conejo Waste Transfer Station. Animal Protection of New Mexico is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer(s).
Will you be at the 15th annual world's largest matanza this weekend?
The president of Yemen and his cabinet have resigned amid chaos.
Read a lost letter about psychedelic drugs from Allen Ginsberg to the readers of the Paris Review.
Democratic candidate for New Mexico Auditor Tim Keller's new attack ad uses the pop culture cachet of the A1A Car Wash from "Breaking Bad" to reference the dirt on Republican opponent Robert Aragon. Oh and the ad is narrated by "Gomie" (Steven Michael Quezada).
Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides announced that Spaceport America, located in the Jornada del Muerto desert basin, is just four test flights away from its inaugural commercial travel flight .
Tierra Blanca High Desert Ranch High Desert Youth Program owner/operator Scott Chandler, who stands accused of abuse and torture of troubled teens, has filed a defamation/libel lawsuit against Steve Cowen (the father of a youth resident/alleged victim), reporter Rene Romo, the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and the New Mexico State Police.
Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden discusses efforts to combat a 10-49 (department code for "information") failure within APD and progress that he's made moving APD away from "siloing information."
Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson posits that medical marijuana could be a potential treatment for ebola.
Historical teevee drama "Manhattan" was renewed for a second season by WGN America.
Former UNM student Monica Pompeo is suing the university for violating her First Amendment rights by forcing her to drop a course titled "Images of (Wo)men: From Icons to Iconoclasts." The academic conflict began when Pompeo critiqued mid-'80s lesbian romantic drama Desert Hearts by referring to lesbianism as perverse and using the word "barren" a lot.
PBS considers nuevomexicano farmers' concerns about the state green chile industry competition with out-of-state growers while coping with extreme weather's negative impact on crop yields.
Happy birthday, Oscar Wilde, Nico, Tim Robbins and Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü, Sugar).
More nuevomexicanos live in poverty this year compared to last. And we're still the second-most impoverished state in the nation.
Scope our inaugural Cannabis Issue in print or online for editorials on politics and policy and arts and economics, a N.M. MMJ primer, a cannabis timeline, a compilation of weed quotes and more.
James Gandolfini would have turned 53 years old today. We sure do miss you, boss.
Rio Rancho High School newspaper offends "white girls".
New Mexico town of Bloomfield being sued over Ten Commandments monument.
Workers are preparing to go into the WIPP site and they are being very careful.
It's official: "Frozen" is gay.
Some alternative explanations for the disappearance of Flight 370.
Flight 370 may have changed course and remained in flight for an hour after "disappearing".
The two mystery men aboard Flight 370 were Iranian asylum seekers.
Fracking in Ohio caused a couple earthquakes.
Current Jeopardy! prodigy Arthur Chu has an unusual strategy that is pissing people off.
1969 TV show seems like a precursor to Lost. The pilot was written by Rod Serling.
Ballsy (and possibly hilarious) criminal defense attorney commercial.
Photo-bombing ass cracks at a Magic: The Gathering tournament.
Authorities seek bear trap saboteur.
A local woman and her service dog were kicked out of a Satellite Coffee shop.
A 14 year old girl died at an Expo New Mexico rave.
Whitey Bulger wants to keep his Stanley Cup ring.
In the future, you will take the Hyperloop pod up and down the west coast.
Sao Paolo erected a wall across a bike path for no reason.
Ruin Porn: tanks edition.
Will the WinCo chain of supermarkets put Walmart out of business?
The latest research on the near-death experience.
Make A Wish Foundation sends Juggalo to the Gathering of the Juggalos.
Searching for the world's rarest strains of cannabis.
The US Justice Department is trying to prevent the merger of American Airlines and United Airlines.
Swedish men warned about testicle chomping invasive species of fish.
I despise being denied documents as much as the next reporter. Thomas J. Cole at our conservative daily paper penned this column, frustrated that he couldn’t get his hands on records showing which doctors in the state are recommending patients to New Mexico’s medical marijuana program.
The premise of Cole’s column is that only a few docs in Colorado sign off on most of the medical marijuana certifications in the state. He wants to know if that’s the case here, too.
When I interviewed Dr. K. Paul Stoller last year, he pointed out that it’s dangerous for physicians to make these recommendations. Marijuana—even when legalized for medical use by a state—is still illegal under federal law. Plenty of doctors won’t take the risk in fear of losing their DEA license, which allows them to prescribe medication.
So that might explain why only a handful of physicians in Colorado and New Mexico are willing put their neck on the line in this way—and why they might not want their names in the papers.
Further, the Journal’s Cole also fails to recognize that the doctors sign off on certifications, but it’s actually up to the medical director at the Department of Health to approve a patient and issue a registry ID card. Regardless of which physician a patient sees, all applications are red- or green-lighted by the state.