Alibi Volume 29, Number 29
July 16, 2020
Don’t let a pandemic stop your summer
Drive-in movies, golf and swim strokes, hundreds of miles of a variety of trails and virtual tours of museums, zoos and other cultural gems are available distractions to ward off the COVID stir crazies.
News & Opinion
Downtown, facing setback after setback, eyes a tough future
What is there to do about Downtown Albuquerque?
Local celebrity Don Schrader shares his thoughts on health and connections
Bad germs are the scavengers that can take over when the body is weak and out of balance.
Those with preexisting conditions face more hurdles than ever
The coronavirus has irreparably changed life as we know it, forcing us to adapt in unexpected ways. In healthcare it has become far more difficult for people with existing conditions to get the care they need.
The New Mexico Restaurant Association organized a virtual protest against the public health order; Department of Workforce Solutions will continue waiving work search requirements for those seeking unemployment compensation; Organizers of two major events are still holding public gatherings in defiance of the governor’s health order.
Lack of information makes eviction moratorium confusing for tenants and landlords
Last Monday, July 6, local community organizer Selinda Guerrero and her family were evicted from their home, during what is supposed to be an eviction moratorium in New Mexico due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funny because collisions with car thieves happen to car thieves.
Film & TV
“Floor Is Lava” on Netflix
“Floor Is Lava” challenges contestants to cross a room without touching the floor. But since this is a TV show in 2020, it’s amped up with plenty of hyperactive CG graphics and an over-the-top set that constitutes the sole reason for the show’s appeal.
Shows come and go on the popular streaming services.
Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
We review releases by George Yazzie and The Kevistry.
Arts & Lit
Carolyn Meyer one-woman show
Carolyn Meyer is an 85-year-old white woman that has grappled with racism herself; her own. Her one-woman show is about growing up in small-town America, how racism permeated everything and how she changed her own mind. Weekly Alibi sat down with Meyer to talk about her own evolution in thinking about race, her show and what’s next.
The only downtown in America that looks like this
Downtown Albuquerque hadn’t been looking all that great and then came the pandemic that shuttered much of the businesses, followed by protests that were followed by window smashers. The next morning more particle boards went up over windows and doors. Victoria Van Dame and Jessica Anderson from OT Circus connected artists with business to create “a community project to revitalize Downtown while promoting peace.” The result has been the transformation of Downtown into a public gallery of fresh, local work, rendering Albuquerque into a city unlike any other in America.
New Mexico Restaurant Association campaign leaves bad taste in mouth
The #LetUsServe campaign, being hosted by the New Mexican Restaurant Association, is a digital peaceful protest wherein restaurant employees within the state hold up signs, asking Governor Lujan Grisham to pretty please reopen indoor dining for restaurants.
A true Margarita alternative
Dill Paloma is a name that works best for a hard-boiled gumshoe from a Noir novel, but it also serves as the term for a warm-weather cocktail, perfect for when the temperatures hit 100 degrees.
Biden forgets that Dems love cannabis
The one thing that the entire voting spectrum (except Biden) can agree on is cannabis legalization; a bipartisan coalition of state treasurers—including New Mexico’s Tim Eichenbergwant protections for cannabis banking; FDA reports many CBD products sold over-the-counter across the country have been mislabeled.
A recent University of New Mexico study found that cannabis use can have an immediate effect on symptoms associated with depression. According to the researchers, cannabis users were likely to report experiencing positive side effects within moments of consuming marijuana, including feeling happy, optimistic, peaceful and relaxed. Remember those feelings?
Marijuana and exercise
While it may seem odd that a drug known to cause dizziness and coughing could actually be beneficial as part of a workout plan, many patients claim that the psychotropic effects of cannabis actually help them compete in sports and overcome physical challenges while exercising.
An interview with Alice Moon
Alice Moon was diagnosed with cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, a rare and—for some strange reason—controversial medical condition that causes victims to suffer from abdominal pain and severe vomiting. We recently spoke with Moon about her illness and how it’s perceived by the cannabis community.
Edibles vs. smokables
The best thing about having a medical marijuana card (other than not being thrown in a cage) is knowing how much safer it is than its pharmaceutical alternatives. But that doesn't mean you're free from danger while dosing with this little green plant, dear reader. It won't kill you, but it can definitely make you feel like you're dying.
Dispensary operations have changed
Pandemics can be stressful. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming. Since the advent of COVID-19, dispensary sales of medicinal cannabis are way up across the state of New Mexico. Since the state gave them the essential mark, it’s been up to dispensaries to follow through with making the distribution of cannabis products compliant with Department of Health guidelines.
You’re down in the dumps and just dropping lower by the second. It’s called the COVID-19 blues, and we’re all bound to get it sooner or later. Luckily we know which bright and tasty strains will help banish that old depression and bring out the sweet and positive people we were meant to be.
A game changer for medical cannabis
Suddenly, Medical Cannabis—a business that currently has no access to banks, insurance, commercial lending and capital markets—is marked as an “essential business” during a pandemic. That’s a game changer, coupled with the fact that consumption of Medical Cannabis in New Mexico is booming.
Cannabis and your lungs
We’re living in plague times, and everyone is suddenly super focused on their health. Cannabis smokers are especially nervous since it’s come to light that tobacco smokers who contract COVID-19 are more likely to develop more severe complications than non-tobacco smokers.
Cannabis consumption areas
Consumption of cannabis has long been a social activity. Ancient nomadic tribes burned cannabis in fire pits for ceremonial purposes. Marijuana "tea pads" in the 1920s resembled opium dens or speakeasies, except that prices were very low. Fast forward to 2020 and soon we will be seeing what Cannabis Consumption Areas can offer patients in New Mexico.
Cannabis may help slap back COVID-19
Studies and research being conducted on cannabis and its possible role in combating the deadly bronchial and lung inflammation associated with the coronavirus show the green weed just might give COVID-19 a much-needed slap in the face. That’s karmic.
Twelve pieces of creative advice. If you only have time to read one, maybe pick based on your birthday.
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