medical marijuana


V.23 No.16 |

news

The Daily Word in Marquez' death, a Russian firefighter and a balloon crash

The Daily Word

Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez died yesterday at the age of 87.

Yesterday, Missouri police arrested a suspect, accused of a string of vehicle shootings on Kansas City highways.

Relatives of those who were on Flight MH370, which disappeared weeks ago, want answers.

An avalanche swept down Mt. Everest, killing at least 13 people.

The City settled several lawsuits from people who were arrested or cited for feeding the homeless.

Earlier this morning, a hot air balloon crashed into a house in the Sage and Unser area.

Gov. Susana Martinez addressed negative things that were said on secret audio recordings from four years ago, pero she won't say “sorry” because they were private.

A medical marijuana supplier wants to give people a mall-like experience. In that case, do they provide free samples?

This Russian firefighter knows what's up.

V.22 No.29 |

news

The Daily Word in medical marijuana, self-defense law and nü-folk

The Daily Word

Barron Jones reports on the conflict between employers' drug testing policies and New Mexico medical marijuana law. Read all about it in "Prescription for Termination."

Read Jeremy Shattuck's take on the state of New Mexico's film industry at New Mexico Mercury.

In the wake of the Zimmerman verdict, KRQE takes a look at New Mexico's self-defense law.

Rest in peace, Gallup Post.

Get your nü-folk on at Sister tonight with powerdove. Teetotum and Adam Woods open.

V.22 No.29 | 7/18/2013

News Feature

Prescription for Termination

Medical marijuana laws conflict with employers’ drug testing policies

Barron Jones reports on what happens when employer’s drug testing policies, federal law and state medical marijuana laws clash, and a court case that may set precedent.
V.22 No.21 |

news

The Daily Word in the sewer baby, a successful Crackstarter campaign and an exploding house

The Daily Word

New Mexico is spending two million dollars to attract Chicagoan tourists.

Everyone had a great time on the Butte this past weekend.

Sometimes kids eat their parents' medical marijuana.

Santa Fean Charles Kokesh was already in some trouble, but now he is also accused of trying to trade ivory for money and guns.

A house BLEW UP in Rio Rancho on Memorial Day.

A newborn baby was rescued from a sewer pipe in China.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford remains grossly unpopular, is losing staff and still denying that a video purporting to picture him on the pipe exists. Meanwhile, Gawker's "Crackstarter" campaign has reached it's $200,000 goal, the price of the Rob Ford/crack video.

The Mayor of Osaka said something offensive again.

The new DSM is out and hoarding is now officially an illness.

Want to avoid crowds? Don't climb Mount Everest right now.

Impressive, thick fog in Sydney, Australia.

Happy Birthday John Fogerty and Keep On Chooglin.

news

The Daily Word in launch pad for lease, park flasher, glow-in-the-dark cockroaches

The Daily Word

British police arrested two men on board a Pakistan International Airlines plane that was diverted to an airport near London.

Bernalillo corrections officer said he was fired over medical marijuana use.

Finally what I've been looking for: The NASA shuttle launch pad is up for lease.

As if cockroaches weren't disgusting enough, now they glow in the dark.

Cibola High School teacher was arrested yesterday on charges of criminal sexual contact of a minor.

What a nice day at the park, too bad that flasher had to come ruin in.

Scientists may finally know why we itch.

Friday is for space pictures.

V.22 No.1 |

news

The Daily Word in Scoville, Sheardown, Asperger's and Smith

The Daily Word

Former Republican Congressional candidate Gary Smith is accused of slashing more tires than those of his opponent Janice Arnold-Jones.

Albuquerque police officers don't always turn on their lapel cameras.

Is Governor Susana Martinez trying to throw a wrench in New Mexico's Medical Cannabis Program?

Time Warner ditched Current TV after Al-Jazeera purchased it.

"The Widower" curry dish has six million Scoville units. Cayenne pepper has about 40,000 Scoville units.

No more Asperger's syndrome.

John Sheardown, a Canadian war hero and key player in six Americans' escape from Tehran in 1980, died last Sunday.

This Navy film about the dangers of bath salts will infotain you.

V.21 No.39 |

News

The Daily Word in sound barrier breakage, cop texts and heavy metal India

The Daily Word

On Monday, "Fearless Felix" will jump out of a balloon over New Mexico, and try to fall faster than the speed of sound.

Pre-debate fact checking …

… and what will be left out.

Amorous APD officer pulls teen girl over, gets her number and starts texting.

Are you qualified to be a U.S. citizen?

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer calls for "righteous anger" over border agent's death.

Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin has a "dystopian nightmare vision."

L.A City Council banned medical marijuana dispensaries, then didn't.

Arrest of "Innocence of Muslims" douchebag raises questions about free speech.

Mexicans heart Morrissey por vida, and vice versa.

"Tommy never seems to complain, although sometimes he bites Mrs. Bullis."

Heavy metal idolatry in India is often preceded by an engineering degree.

Gadget flashback.

Neo-Nico's deadpan drones.

V.21 No.29 |

News

The Daily Word in shortys getting down, troubled lawmen and gun fever

The Daily Word

R.I.P., Sherman Hemsley.

Gun sales surge after Aurora movie shooting.

Glock Inc. sued by L.A. policeman who was shot by his 3-year-old.

Is your pastor packing heat?

Researchers focus on women for new AIDS prevention methods in Africa.

Mass shutdown of L.A.'s medical marijuana dispensaries.

Public outrage in Anaheim after two deadly police shootings.

Live updates on Syria, where the city of Aleppo is on the verge of confrontation between rebels and government forces.

Notorious Maricopa County sheriff tries to refute himself in court.

"The Tonto Files."

Kim Jong-un's "mystery woman" turns out to be his new wife/comrade.

New Jersey super blew the lid on NYPD undercover operation.

Young boy commits "unusual and serious breach" of security.

80-year-old lobster rescued from the dinner table.

V.21 No.6 | 2/9/2012

Making Sausage

Boss Party

It’s Gov. Martinez’ bash, and she’ll pack it with controversy if she wants to

The guv stuffs even brief sessions with contention: 2012 brings us relentless hammering on driver's licenses, an embattled education secretary, abortion, medical marijuana, bullying and prescription pills.
V.21 No.3 |

news

The Daily Word in film caps, Gingrich and Megaupload

The Daily Word

17-year-old student stabbed and killed at school.

City pays woman back after police destroyed her weed.

State lawmakers looking to banish the $50 million cap for film rebates imposed last year.

Look inside the Fukushima containment vessel.

Santa Fe's minimum wage will be the highest in the country.

Congress is going to hold off on PIPA and SOPA votes.

Romney may lose to Gingrich in South Carolina.

College students are playing the fainting game. I thought that was for kids.

Hackers retaliate after Megaupload is shut down.

A matrilineal state in India (where women rule).

If that capsized cruise ship dumps its fuel, it will pollute one of the most pristine segments of the Mediterranean.

Why is it hard to believe in evolution?

Advice that doesn't make sense until you're too old to need it.

Pulitzer Prize: Meh.

V.20 No.46 | 11/17/2011

Answer Me This

What do you know about last week?
V.20 No.38 |

NEWS

The Daily Word in neutrino jokes, marijuana law and SPAM

Brought to you by the letter G.

The Daily Word

Borders employees leave a list of grievances.

Saudi women will get the vote in 2015. Maybe they will vote to change the law preventing them from driving.

A woman was decapitated by the Zeta gang in Mexico for posting comments on facebook about the Zetas.

Faster-than-light-neutrino jokes (scroll down to the comments for more.)

Read this excellent Santa Fe New Mexican overview of how the NM Medical Marijuana program is faring.

Part of this woman's job was to prevent people from doing anything illegal on Cook County Forest Preserve land....

Canada's Conservative government is likely to pass minimum sentencing laws for marijuana cultivation.

Two articles on former U.S. allies, "the Sopranos of Afghanistan," "goodness personified," the Haqqani clan of Afghanistan.

Sesame Street's "G" is better than post season one "Glee."

Pyramiden, Soviet ghost town.

Check out the SPAM Museum. AND the gift shop. AND this recipe for what should have been called "spamosas."

V.20 No.26 | 6/30/2011

news

Ron Paul pushes first bill ever that would lift U.S. marijuana ban

Forty years after Richard Nixon declared war on drugs, 16 states, including New Mexico, have approved the use of medical marijuana.

If Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) get their way, the federal ban on marijuana would cease entirely.

The bipartisan legislation introduced yesterday calls for state control of marijuana production and possession—independent of the federal government. That means states could continue to prohibit marijuana or could choose to legalize it. This is the first bill introduced to Congress that would end federal marijuana prohibition.

This comes as good news to Erik Briones, president and founder of Minerva Canna Group, a marijuana provider in Rio Rancho.

“The war on drugs is basically a failure,” he says in a phone interview, as a hash-making device whirs away in the background. “If you look at the stats, we have the highest rate of teens trying drugs, and more and more coming across the border. The government spends trillions of dollars, and they're losing the war.”

A symptom of the criminalization of marijuana, Briones says, is the overcrowding of prisons across the country.

“If you take out everyone in jail for marijuana-related charges, the prison population would be cut in half,” he says.

Thirteen states have decriminalized the use of non-medical marijuana, treating small-quantity possession like a minor traffic violation. Interestingly, New Mexico is not on that short list, though we've legalized medical cannabis.

More states are moving toward decriminalization, Briones says, but the Drug Enforcement Administration continues to bust licensed producers in Colorado, Montana and California.

“For the DEA, it's all very black and white,” he says. “We're all a bunch of scumbag criminals”

The Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act of New Mexico allows registered users to possess and use marijuana without facing arrest, prosecution or penalty. The law—protecting patients, primary caregivers, licensed producers and practitioners—passed in 2007.

Other states look to New Mexico when formulating their medical cannabis policy, Briones says, due to the tightness of the regulations.

Twenty-five licensed providers operate in New Mexico, with the majority in Albuquerque. Providers can grow up to 150 plants at a time.

V.20 No.11 | 3/17/2011
Making Sausage

Making Sausage

Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of the 2011 legislative session. It’s slated to adjourn on Saturday, March 19, at noon. The brunt of the work usually happens during the last hours, and lawmakers debate well into the final nights. Here’s what’s happened so far.
V.20 No.7 |

politics

Medical cannabis faces a challenge in the Roundhouse

Rep. James Smith (R-Sandia Park) has introduced a bill that would put an end to New Mexico's medical marijuana program.

Montana's considering a similar measure, because, as House Speaker Mike Milburn says, the state is "getting known for the wrong reasons."

Gov. Susana Martinez said during her campaign that she'd like to see the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act repealed. Smith's measure was introduced in Santa Fe on Thursday. Looks like the bill is heading to the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee and the House Judiciary.