Border Patrol Line Hazy On Medical Marijuana

NEW MEXICO:  New Mexico’s Democratic Congressional delegation is teaming up with a state lawmaker in an appeal to the US Customs and Border Patrol to change their policy of seizing medical marijuana.

The federal government has said as long as states abide by 8 specific guidelines – like not selling marijuana to minors or allowing people to drive under the influence – they won’t prosecute for marijuana. However, Border Patrol agents continue to confiscate medical pot.

People living in and around Las Cruces are affected quite a bit because every single road leading out of the state’s second largest city has a border checkpoint.

Democratic Representative Bill McCamley of Las Cruces says that means people who have been legally prescribed medical marijuana cannot travel with their medicine.

 

Marijuana Legalization Plan Stalls In New Mexico

NEW MEXICO:  A proposal to allow New Mexico voters to decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana stalled Friday, putting the measure in doubt — for now.

At a disjointed meeting, the Senate Rules Committee failed to debate the proposed constitutional amendment that would allow for the possession and personal use of marijuana for those 21 years of age and older.

Instead, committee members got bogged down in debates over a minimum wage proposal and a measure to change election laws.

The failure to bring up the marijuana proposal angered a handful of activists, some from out of state, who sat through the meeting for a chance to speak up in support of legalizing marijuana in New Mexico.

The proposal’s sponsor, Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, said he hopes the committee debates the measure next week. If not, he wasn’t sure whether there was enough time before the legislative session ends Feb. 20.

Legislator Wants New Mexico To Legalize Marijuana

NEW MEXICO:  A day after Colorado opened its doors to the legalized sale of recreational marijuana, a state senator said New Mexico should consider following suit.

Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, an Albuquerque Democrat, said he will introduce a constitutional amendment proposal to legalize recreational marijuana when the Legislature convenes this month.

The constitutional amendment would go on the general election ballot this November if approved by both the House and Senate. Constitutional amendment proposals go straight from the Legislature to voters, and Gov. Susana Martinez would not be able to act on the measure if it were approved by lawmakers.

Martinez, a Republican and a former district attorney, opposes drug legalization.

Architect Of New Mexico's Medical Marijuana Program Speaks Up On Behalf Of Iowa

IOWA: The Iowa Board of Pharmacy voted unanimously in 2010 to recommend medical marijuana legalization for the state of Iowa. That same year, a Des Moines Register Iowa Poll indicated that 64 percent of Iowans support medical marijuana legalization with 33 percent in opposition.

In the three year since, support for medical cannabis has slipped by six percentage points according to a February 2013 Iowa Poll, and the Iowa legislature has yet to move forward on a bill. Governor Terry Branstad’s Office of Drug Control Policy has been levying its own rhetoric, meanwhile, defending marijuana’s classification as a Schedule I substance (i.e., a substance with no medical value and a high potential for abuse). [Read more…]

Some New Mexico patients extol the benefits of medical marijuana

NEW MEXICO: Melissa Loomis, 40, of Elephant Butte describes herself as a former “opiate addict.” She’d had major surgeries on her spine and suffered debilitating pain.

“I couldn’t walk or hold my head up,” she said. “I was told by the best neurosurgeon in the state of New Mexico that I would never walk and that I would never look at anything but the floor.” [Read more…]