I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
NM’s medical marijuana program continues to attract attention as other states consider legalization
A recent story aired on National Public Radio about New Mexico’s innovative medical marijuana program again looked at the state’s program being one of the strictest in the country.
NPR held New Mexico up as the anti-California, telling its listeners (and readers) how far New Mexico has gone to regulate medical marijuana compared to its far-west neighbor. California passed the first medical marijuana program in 1996 and voters there will go to the polls to decide whether to legalize the drug.
The NPR reporter interviewed an executive director of one of the state’s five dispensaries, a New Mexican who uses the drug — an Iraq War veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sen. Cisco McSorley, D-Albuquerque, and the state health secretary, Dr. Alfredo Vigil.