States’ Differing Pandemic Regulations Cause Stress for Cannabis Users
By Missy Sweetwillow
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker ordered that nonessential businesses needed to close their doors, and while liquor stores and medical marijuana dispensaries were deemed essential, recreational dispensaries didn’t make the cut.
In the hard times we face, the community has found ways to come together
By Dan Pennington
It’s hard to act like nothing is wrong, and we shouldn’t, but we can remember that human kindness and ingenuity will always come through. We’d like to honor some of the people who have made magic happen during the COVID-19 outbreak.
While the Great Quarantine of 2020 attempts to drain your bank account, threaten your livelihood, cut you off from your community and turn you into a frothing hoarder—it has yet to take away your access to cannabis. There are still some small reliefs—even during the apocalypse.
Information is freedom, but false information can be deadly. The free press is one of the prime disseminators of information in the US, and its role is even more important in the time of ingrained social media and the global crisis of the coronavirus. While the world reels from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, mainstream media, from national news outlets to local publications, are vulnerable to infection from viral, false information.
President has promised to have an Army hospital built in Albuquerque to help battle the COVID-19 outbreak; Authorities are warning that increased use of public spaces could lead to closures; The New Mexico Republican Party has spoken out against proposed universal mail-in balloting procedures to substitute in-person voting.
The rapid spread of COVID-19 has closed movie theaters nationwide and forced the ailing film industry into a premature coma, but Hollywood isn’t about to give up all its profits. Studios have rushed to get their films in front of viewers by collapsing the traditional theatrical/home window.
People behind the music and entertainment industry—the artists, musicians, technicians and a wide assortment of service workers—continue to suffer economically as well as perhaps emotionally and psychologically. So we were pleasantly surprised to see Entourage Jazz lighting up the social media world this week with a photo they took at St. John’s United Methodist Church.
What you need to know about the COVID-19 stimulus package
By Missy Sweetwillow
On Wednesday, Mar. 25, the unthinkable happened. Congress agreed to help average American citizens. How will they be doing that? By giving us money! The entire stimulus package totals 2 trillion dollars in rescue funding and is currently awaiting an official signature from President Trump. This would be his first time providing any stimulation for someone who’s not himself, so I expect he’ll be curious to experience what that’s like.
Albuquerque’s locally owned arthouse theater Guild Cinema has hooked up with a number of distributors who are now providing “theatrical at home” screenings. And owner Keif Henley has come up with a novel way to fill its movie poster boxes, offering them to “local graphic artists, weirdo picture makers, wack imagesters and the like.”
Residents could damage New Mexico's sewer systems by flushing toilet paper alternatives; officials are encouraging primary voters to take advantage of absentee ballots; lawmakers are expecting to hold a special legislative session to discuss the state budget.
Governor addresses social distancing for residents and businesses
By Dan Pennington
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham held a live-streamed press conference today after announcing confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state had reached 28. Her message was clear: Reduction in interactions with others will continue to reduce transmission, and as such, will help prevent further spread of COVID-19. Due to this, new restrictions have been implemented statewide that will begin being enforced Thursday, Mar. 19 until April 10.