Drug Policy Reform Recap in the #NMLEG

Our friends at the Drug Policy Alliance worked their tails off during the 2015 New Mexico legislative session. They were working a number of great bills to reform civil asset forfeiture (it’s a much more serious and important topic than its banal name suggests), grow an industrial hemp industry in New Mexico, reduce marijuana possession penalties, along with many others. There were some setbacks to drug policy reforms as well, but for the most part it was a successful session where some major steps were taken toward creating more equitable and just drug policies. Check out DPA-NM’s final legislative recap below to catch up on the good, the bad, and the ugly:
Dear Allies, Advocates, and Friends,

The 2015 legislative session is complete! Thank you for following and supporting our work from start to finish!

Drug Policy in #NMLEG 2015 (Updates)

What’s going on with drug policy legislation this session? Well, there’s a lot of great (and not-so-great) drug policy legislation moving this session and we’ve copied the most recent Drug Policy Alliance legislative update below so you can catch up.  

But before you get there, check out what happened just yesterday regarding two important marijuana policy bills:
The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would relax penalties for possessing certain amounts of marijuana possession Monday night by a wide 7-3 margin. The measure, sponsored by state Sen. Joseph Cervantes, D-Doña Ana, would reduce penalties for different amounts of marijuana. Read that story from Joey Peters at the Santa Fe Reporter HERE.

What Happened in Santa Fe Last Week?

Last week was another busy one in Santa Fe, especially on the education front. Most of the most controversial and divisive bills from the Governor/House Republicans have now made their way through the House. So look for most of the action to switch over to the Senate in the final three weeks (!) of the session. As always, ProgressNow NM was at the Roundhouse everyday last week standing up for progressive issues and providing some of the best legislative coverage around. Look below for a recap of the top stories that came out of Santa Fe last week.