New Mexico House Votes To Legalize Marijuana
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New Mexico House Votes To Legalize Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on March 08, 2019 at 13:12:51 PT
By Reid Wilson
Source: Hill
New Mexico -- The New Mexico House late Thursday voted to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, a deal that could make the state the 11th in the nation to allow adults to consume the drug recreationally. The House passed the bill without any Republican votes, and several moderate Democrats also voted against the measure. But the bill’s prime sponsor, state Rep. Javier Martinez (D), said he had worked with three Republicans in the state Senate to craft a compromise, giving the bill a shot to pass this session.
One Republican state senator, Cliff Pirtle, acted as an expert witness during the House debate over the bill.If adopted, the bill would create a legal sales regime similar to those in place in Washington and Colorado, the first states to legalize recreational marijuana for adults — with a few important differences. The bill would mostly create state-run marijuana stores, something that has not yet happened in other legalization states, a concession to Senate Republicans.Some private businesses would be allowed to sell marijuana for recreational purposes if no state-run store is operating nearby, according to the Albuquerque Journal.If passed, New Mexico’s legal marijuana regime would begin in the middle of next year. State budget analysts expect the legal market to generate at least $9 million in tax revenue during that first year of sales and as much as $90 million by the time the market is up to full speed in 2023.The state Senate has until March 16 to act on a bill. Pirtle told the Journal the Senate had “plenty of time” to act before the session expires.Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) has not weighed in on the bill itself, but during her campaign for office last year she said she would work with the legislature “to move towards legalizing recreational cannabis in a way that improves public safety, boosts state revenues and allows for New Mexico businesses to grow into this new market.” Anti-legalization activists said they hoped time would run out before the Senate could act."This is no surprise as legalization bills have passed the New Mexico House before. The bill now heads to the Senate, where there already exists a legalization bill that still has to clear three committees before the session ends next Thursday. While the House has passed this bill, we are confident the Senate will see through the tactics of Big Tobacco and Big Pharma investors and put public health first,” said Luke Niforatos, a senior policy adviser at Smart Approaches to Marijuana, which opposes legalization.Only one other state, Vermont, has legalized recreational marijuana through the legislature, rather than through a ballot initiative. Several other states, including New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island, are expected to debate their own legalization bills in the coming weeks or months.Ten states and the District of Columbia allow recreational marijuana sales.Source: Hill, The (US DC)Author: Reid WilsonPublished: March 8, 2019Copyright: 2019 The HillContact: editor thehill.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #15 posted by Oleg the Tumor on March 13, 2019 at 07:13:46 PT
Two things you may not know
1. In 1937, The Congress of the United States of America made ILLEGAL the U.S. Navy's only supply of Rope! Why? Because of NYLON. Nylon is made from petroleum. Which brings us to: Fact #2- Crude oil (and Gold) can ONLY be purchased on Planet Earth with US Dollars.  Everybody else has to take a cash position with the US banking system converting their francs, yen, baht or whatever to dollars and then they must comply with US banking rules also. So if you trade with Iran or any other country on the US shit list, NO DOLLARS FOR YOU! This means no fuel or lubricants, & no plastics! Good luck to your economy.
This is why the US government cannot legalize hemp or cannabis: Because our money isn't based on it, our money is already based on the massive cash flow through our banking system to "allow" other countries access to such industries as fuels, injection molding and Polyester fabrics, etc. Whatever threatens that brings out the guys with guns.  
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on March 11, 2019 at 09:32:15 PT
I don't know, FoM.
It looks like never! I've been trying to find out what I can about Nolan Sousley and what is happening to him and his family and his doctor. He's a very youthful fifty-two years old. Well, he was youthful until pancreatic cancer started making him sick. He has children, some not grown, and a little granddaughter. He is a well loved man, from the appearance of how people, his family, friends, and neighbors seem to think of him. He has a life, a wife, a family. I sure would like to see him get a miracle healing from the horrible disease that is eating on him. The man could do well with another forty years or so.I'd like to see the whole world get relief from the disease that is eating on it, as well. Fear and hatred of cannabis. We need a cannabis miracle. People need to realize there is something wrong with the extreme hatred of the plant... not the plant itself or the people who want to use it.This morning I was re-reading some of the information about the situation. I read that he admitted that he had taken a THC pill. My mind flashed back to some of the cases we've seen and talked about here at C-News. Remembering some of those cases, it's somewhat miraculous that they didn't make him purge so they could get the THC out of his stomach to charge him over.
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on March 10, 2019 at 20:08:24 PT
I hadn't heard about this until I checked out you links. What is happening to our country? Manafort gets less then 4 years for all the crimes he committed and this is still going on after all these years. When I was a teenager my Father told me that white collar criminals don't often go to jail but blue collar criminals do. He was an Accountant and it was just a conversation we were having and how true it still is. When will fairness ever happen in our judicial system?
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on March 10, 2019 at 18:19:42 PT
Mr. Sousley In Missouri, USA.
Mr. Nolan Sousley is fifty-two years old. 
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on March 10, 2019 at 09:49:51 PT
My apologies to anyone offended 
by my use of this space to vent my anger and compassion for this patient, and all the other people who have suffered because of these hideously unjust laws and law enforcement, by praying for the victim. I obviously mistook his son in the picture of the two of them together as the one who was ill. I still would like to see a miraculous recovery for him and being snatched back from the hateful disease he is suffering. It didn't seem likely or possible in the first place, but after realizing he might be pretty old, it seemed even more doubtful. I still haven't seen his actual age. Old people, like me, still want to live and I would like to see Mr. Sousley recover and live well for some more years. It also seems the root of this debacle can be placed at the feet of a wannabe cop, the security guard at the hospital. Wow! What a guy! I wish the Sousley family the best and though I'm embarrassed that I got some of the details misplaced... I still would be so thrilled to see a miracle for the elder Mr. Sousley.
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on March 09, 2019 at 17:29:10 PT
Patient at center of pot search calls for civility
Hospital issues apology don't think Mr. Sousley is as young a young man as I took him to be. He may be. Cancer can do rough stuff to people. But my prayer for him holds true. Young or not so young.
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on March 09, 2019 at 15:12:52 PT
Did I say, "Senseless"?
They had no sense of tact. They had no sense of concern for the cancer patient. They had no sense of right or wrong. They had no sense of compassion. They had a sense of duty, I guess. Maybe they had to answer the complaint, but they didn't have to search his stuff or be so cold and unkind... aka as being smartasses. They could have said, "We've had a complaint. Are you ok?" and actually left the "Investigation" at that. They practice discretion throughout the day. Or they should. Maybe their investigation wasn't as bad as I think from reading about it. I haven't watched the video yet. I am very upset from just knowing about it. I know it will make me so sad and so angry and so full of even more grief that this happened to this guy. So. I feel sick to think of watching it.Who were they trying to please? 
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on March 09, 2019 at 14:54:54 PT
Tactless, toady assholes and tyrants
Merciless, smartass tyrants! Extraordinarily.For those who believe like me, I'd like to offer this prayer and seek your agreement as brethren in our Lord. If you don't believe like me, humor me, or share some good vibes to the poor guy and what he's suffering.I'm asking our Father in his infinite mercy and miraculousness to spare this young man's life, heal him, and make him whole, and restore his health. In Christ Jesus, my beloved brother, I pray. God's will be done.This guy could use some mercy, Lord!
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on March 09, 2019 at 14:40:45 PT
Excerpt from the USA Today article.
"Referencing marijuana, Sousley says in the video "medically in Missouri, it's really legal now. They just they haven't finished the paperwork.""Okay, then it's still illegal," one of the officers replies."But I don't have time to wait for that," Sousley says "What would you do?" The officer says he refuses to engage in "what if" games."The hometown paper didn't mention that in their piece. That I noticed.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on March 09, 2019 at 14:26:11 PT
USA Today
Police search cancer patient's hospital room for marijuana; video sparks backlash
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on March 09, 2019 at 14:21:39 PT
It's time to end the prohibition 
from the people of the plant cannabis that is so beneficial to so many people.
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on March 09, 2019 at 14:11:55 PT
Human beings? 
Bolivar police search cancer patient's bags for marijuana in viral video
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on March 09, 2019 at 12:44:32 PT
Absolutely! (Agreeing with myself)
Many people believe there are times the government shouldn't intrude too far into people's lives. We've thought for a long time that this was obviously one of those times, and a large part of the large part of the dogpile is waking up from its trance and seeing more clearly, now, too... and agreeing with us.
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on March 09, 2019 at 12:39:37 PT
What I hope. What I think.
That they will call the herb, "The drug" enough that people will one day realize the reality. It's not a "Drug". It's a plant. It's an herb.It may have an effect... willow bark does, too... but cannabis is a plant. Willows are trees and willow bark is the bark of the willow tree. Some scientists, obviously, like to and can separate out elements of the plant cannabis and through maneuvering and manipulation can usually produce a pharmaceutical "Drug" from some of its elements, or from a chemical compound meant to mimic said elements. The unadulterated reality is that to most people, it's a very useful and often beneficial herb. Producing drugs from the elements of the herb makes me sad, as I know many of you are. Of course, we already knew it would happen, and it has happened already. Of course. The people at the top of our human dogpile have already produced dangerous chemical copies and near copies of the elements of the herb, but I don't think they've actually made a poison out of the actual plants, yet, like they did with the opium and coca plants. Silly "Geniuses". They are so evil. The people at the upper regions of that dogpile have also told the rest of us what to do as concerning this herb for way too long and far too harshly. They have told people to die if they felt they needed the benefits of the herb to live. They have killed people to keep people from having this herb. They have robbed and pillaged. They have torn apart families and maimed. They have destroyed and imprisoned. And for God's sake... they have no good generally true reason why.No one can stop you from searching for a poison in the plant, but stop hurting and punishing people. Give the people back their plant! Now!It's an herb. A plant with leaves, seeds, and flowers. Many people believe there are times the government shouldn't intrude too far into people's lives. We've thought for a long time that this was obviously one of those times, and a large part of the large part of the dogpile is waking up from its trance and seeing more clearly, now, too... and agreeing with us. Yo! You top of the dogpile staunch prohibitionists. It's time to step out beyond your fear and prejudice. 
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on March 08, 2019 at 16:12:54 PT
Evil "anti-legalization activists = minority.
"Anti-legalization activists said they hoped time would run out before the Senate could act."*****Another way to refer to "anti-legalization activists" is an assortment of negative segments of life. Suffice it to say they are of the population which believes it's ok to cage responsible adults for using a God-given plant which is safer than booze.*****And time running out is their identity. They're gasping.New Mexico, Gary Johnson, and all good people there will overcome evil.
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