decriminalization


V.28 No.20 | 5/16/2019
Baked Goods

Baked Goods

Bank on This

Support for SAFE Act on the rise

House Financial Services Committee votes to advance SAFE Act to floor; Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act reintroduced; Candy Rain enlivens and stimulates.
V.25 No.41 | 10/13/2016

The Daily Word in Free Local Food, T-Mobile and Pop Up Weed Gardens

The Daily Word

Most people have stolen something, but have you ever considered stealing Venetian blinds? One man did and almost succeeded.

Is your doctor just pretending they know what they're talking about? Like really, are they even a doctor?

During a demonstration against the US, police got brutal with protesters by beating them with batons and running them over in a van.

What if Donald Trump controlled the NSA?

There's a group in Albuquerque handing out fresh food for free.

T-Mobile was punished by the FCC for being huge liars.

The Philadelphia Museum will host a pop-up weed (as in marijuana) garden on Thursday.

V.25 No.1 | 1/7/2016
News City
Robert Maestas

Newscity

Marijuana Legalization Considered

News from around the state.
V.24 No.38 | 09/17/2015

news

The Daily Word in marijuana decriminalization in Albuquerque, big pharma and Volkswagen's deep troubles

The Daily Word

Albuquerque Mayor Berry says he will veto the marijuana decriminilization measure passed by city council last night.

The APD K-9 and handler who helped take down James Boyd have both retired but only one is slated to be euthanized.

In order to comply with new rules, BernCo Court is now hearing 8 times as many cases every week, meaning everyone in the county is now needed for jury duty.

The State Representative from Jemez Pueblo says he was "verbally misled" into buying clothes and stuff with campaign contributions.

Could this be the demise of Volkswagen? Or at least the demise of VW's CEO?

The new and alleged d-bag CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of a 62 year old drug used by AIDS and cancer patients by 5000 percent.

Today's ruin porn comes to you from Johnsonville, CT.

A trans woman had a run in with the TSA over guess what?

Père Lachaise cemetery's most famous, good-luck trouser weasel.

V.24 No.38 | 9/17/2015
ABQ Meanies
Robert Maestas

Council Watch

Bully Tactics

Pot decriminalization and police retention discussed

Cops approve of only their highest-paid command staff receiving $6k-$12k bonuses for not retiring, and some of those cops staged a dramatic demonstration for the issue's debate.
Reefer Radness
Robert Maestas

Opinion

Mr. Mayor, Put Down Your Pen

Bernalillo County residents should be allowed to vote on decriminalizing marijuana

There’s a new initiative to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. But Mayor Berry has already promised to veto it.
V.23 No.38 |

editorial

Dotdotdotdashdashdashdotdotdot: High court calls on SOS to perform job as election nears

In a stunning blow to governance by partisan paternalism, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on Friday, Sept. 19, that the Secretary of State does not have authority to remove advisory initiatives approved by county commissions from the general election ballot. This high court ruling means that citizens of Bernalillo County will get to vote on two nonbinding polling questions regarding decriminalization of small quantities of marijuana and raising sales tax one-eighth of a cent to fund mental health services.

In an oral presentation of the Court's ruling, Supreme Court Justice Barbara Vigil said New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran failed to perform a mandatory duty of her office by refusing to include county-approved initiatives on the general election ballot; the Court ordered her to do so.

If you haven't already, you'll hear more about Duran in the weeks to come. Her unsuccessful attempt to quash Bernalillo and Santa Fe County advisory initiatives via unilateral memorandum and petititions of both federal and state courts is only part of the coming Duran-centric news cycle. As the incumbent candidate for Secretary of State, Duran may already be familiar to you.

In the wake of the Court's decision, Duran issued a written statement: “We of course will comply with this order, but what it means is that Bernalillo County voters will be using a ballot printed in tiny 7-point font, just so people can be presented with a meaningless public opinion poll.” How can the opinion of voters—some of whom obviously voted for her—now seem meaningless to Duran?

Her campaign website, diannaduran.com, colorfully presents polarizing rhetoric. On a page titled "Dianna Duran v. Maggie Toulouse Oliver: The Striking—and very Alarming—Contrasts," Duran calls herself the "target" of "extreme far-left activists of the Democratic Party." She goes on to contrast herself with Toulouse Oliver using all-caps and underlined keywords like "DARK MONEY," "political consultant" and "left-wing activism and partisanship" in reference to Toulouse Oliver.

In contrast, Toulouse Oliver's minimalist campaign website, maggietoulouseoliver.com, focuses on endorsements, and finding criticism of Duran is more challenging. (On the landing page of Duran's website, an arrow guides you straight to the aforementioned "Contrasts" page.) After clicking through Toulouse Oliver's bio and thoughts on the job, the news section of her site reveals her official statement on the Supreme Court decision. And it is critical of Duran, but phrases like "overtly partisan and activist interference in the ballot creation process" and "blatant disrespect for the separation of powers in our government" pale in comparison to Duran's chart that lists Toulouse Oliver's background and experience as "Campaign Manager for Dark Money Orgs."

But don't take my word for it. Visit their respective websites, linked above, and form your own opinion. For even more insight into their educational, professional and political backgrounds, news, endorsements and campaign contribution disclosures, visit the Ballotpedia pages for Dianna Duran and Maggie Toulouse Oliver.

The Alibi encourages our readership to remain politically informed. To that end, please keep your eyes peeled for websclusive and print-edition political news and election coverage as the 2014 general election nears. And be sure to pick up a copy of the Alibi Election Guide, which hits stands on Thursday, Oct. 30. On a personal note, I've always appreciated the way Halloween and elections coincide. After all, there's really nothing scarier than citizen apathy, low voter turnout and resulting ineffective, subpar leadership and representation.

V.23 No.38 | 9/18/2014
Various forms of medical cannabis.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Feature

A Dummies’ Guide to MMJ

Understanding New Mexico’s medical cannabis law

What’s the deal with medical cannabis in New Mexico? We asked William Ford of R. Greenleaf how it all works.

Feature

Cannabis Through the Ages

A timeline

From the evolution of the marijuana plant to Mayor Berry, this timeline will fill you in on the story of pot.

Editorial

High Art

Pot and comedy

Genevieve Mueller looks at how recreational marijuana legalization has helped to support aspects of Denver’s artistic community.
V.23 No.30 |

news

The Daily Word in mole man invasions, pot blocking and lame witchcraft

The Daily Word

Well, kids, let’s see what’s going on in the news today:

The city of Albuquerque has decided that supporters of a marijuana decriminalization measure need to have more signatures on their petition than the city had originally told them. OOPS. Too bad the deadline was Monday. And no, they don’t get an extension.

Murderers of a retired educator in Chimayo claim to have held a ‘witchcraft’ ceremony after the killing. Which sounds super creepy, but apparently only involved "wrapping a ribbon in something and putting it in a baggie." I guess it's creepy if the 'something' was an eyeball. But way less creepy if the 'something' was a, I dunno, pencil. Basically, my feelings about this story are dependent on what got wrapped in a ribbon and then put into a baggie.

An Albuquerque man tried to stretch the family food budget by killing, then butchering the family dog. Which was a chihuahua, by the way, which could feed maybe one person? I don't think this guy thought things through.

And the Duke City is due to become the Cake City this weekend. Cake kind of sounds like Duke and it’s the best I could come up with before my coffee hits bottom. Also, I’m still thinking about that witchcraft thing. And the pot thing. And the dog thing. Is there something wrong with the state this week?

A team of surgeons removed 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year old boy in India.

Two more mysterious holes leading to the blackest depths of the Earth have opened up in Siberia. Scientists think it’s happening because of an eruption of gas, but the Internet thinks it’s probably mole men.

And Harrison Ford’s ankle injury is probably going to prevent puffins from having sex. Dammit, Harrison Ford. First Indy 4 and now this?