Alibi V.29 No.8 • Feb 20-26, 2020 

News on the Green

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Residential Redux

Late last week, the Jerry Ortiz y Pino-sponsored Senate Bill 139 was passed by the New Mexico Senate on a 44-19 vote in favor. The heart of SB 139 was amending language in the wording of the state’s Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act to redefine the legal meaning of a “qualified patient,” restricting eligibility in New Mexico’s medical cannabis program to full-time residents of the state. Regular readers of Weekly Alibi’s cannabis coverage are already familiar with this criterion and definition-based legal issue and the lawsuits that led to this sustained, and now successful, political effort to clarify the intent and effects of New Mexico’s medical cannabis program.

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Running Interference

As reported by Forbes, the National Football League (NFL) is floating proposed revisions to the NFL’s policy of suspending players who test positive for cannabis use from game play. A three-page summary of key terms of the union deal was posted to Twitter by sports lawyer Darren Heitner. That document proposes the following changes to the NFL’s drug policy: narrowing the THC testing window from four months to two weeks at the start of training camp, reducing the penalties for players who test positive for THC, eliminating game suspensions solely for positive tests, reducing the number of players who are subject to testing for THC and increasing the THC test’s threshold from 35 nanograms to 150 nanograms.

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