Best and Worst of 2009
The year in New Mexico drugs, murders, scandals and achievements
Best: U.S. Attorney General Tells Feds to Lay Off State-Licensed Growers and Patients
The notice known as the "Holder memo" doesn't have the force of law. But when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told federal prosecutors not to waste time hunting those who follow state medical cannabis regulations, attitudes changed in New Mexico. Patients felt more comfortable seeking medication, doctors were more willing to prescribe marijuana and more nonprofits were willing to risk their necks by applying to become growers for the state's groundbreaking program.
Best: King Chavez' Plans Foiled
Best in Arts of 2009
Because science continues to lag behind my imagination,the consciousness-splitting self-cloning device is years away from completion, making it very difficult for any one person to experience all of the art Albuquerque has to offer. That's why any "best of" list of mine is going to be incomplete, at best. Still, it's worth a look back. Here are just a few of the notable events, exhibits, people and organizations of 2009.