State of New Mexico secondary Archives: on Drugs


Jeff Apodaca: Legal pot, in-state tourism can boost economy

He talked about Colorado legalizing marijuana, putting millions back into the economy. "It's an opportunity for us to get ahead of the curve. Colorado's tourism is up 32 percent," Apodaca said. "We talked to the folks up north. They drive up, buy and come back. More importantly, 32,000 jobs, $200 million in tax revenue."

"If we just promoted ourselves to ourselves, and we get half those families half the time in New Mexico, it would be a $400 to $500 million launch to our economy."

Source: Los Alamos Monitor on 2018 New Mexico Gubernatorial race Aug 2, 2017

Steve Pearce: Questions Colorado's model on pot legalization

New Mexico currently has a medicinal marijuana program. Pearce supports "looking more closely" at medical use of the drug and has been moved by patients finding relief from cannabis. He is watching Colorado's move into legalization use and says "there are questions" about whether New Mexico should do so. In Colorado, he said he has observed that "some people can handle recreational drugs like (they handle) alcohol."
Source: Las Cruces Sun-News on 2018 New Mexico gubernatorial race Jul 10, 2017

Joe Cervantes: Look into pot decriminalization

Cervantes said he believes New Mexico "should look at" legalizing recreational marijuana. "The infrastructure is not there for legalization yet," said Cervantes, who has sponsored legislation to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. "But it is something the state should look into."
Source: Las Cruces Sun-News on 2018 New Mexico Gubernatorial race Jul 5, 2017

Mick Rich: Ending illegal drugs crossing the border will be #1 priority

Rich also signaled public safety issues as a top priority, while tracing New Mexico's difficulties in addressing violent crime and drug overdoses to illegal drugs crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. He said he would take a common sense approach to drug interdiction at the border that would include border wall reinforcements in some, but not all, areas. He suggested paying for border wall improvements with a portion of the money that immigrants wire home to family in Mexico.
Source: US News & World Report on 2018 New Mexico Senate race Apr 19, 2017

Susana Martinez: Crack down on repeat drunk drivers

I'm asking the Legislature to work with me to crack down on repeat drunk drivers. A vehicle in the hands of a repeat drunk driver is a deadly weapon--it's a deadly weapon that we should confiscate. Just like they do in Albuquerque, we should seize the vehicles of repeat drunk drivers. And for those who rack up four, five, six, or more DWI's, who just don't get the message, it's time to impose more serious, mandatory prison sentences that get them off the streets and away from our families.
Source: 2012 New Mexico State of the State Address Jan 17, 2012

Bill Richardson: Crack down on illegal drug labs

We’re cracking down on illegal drug labs - these dangerous, makeshift factories are popping up almost daily in neighborhoods across our state. In addition to the deadly product they produce, the labs are a danger to nearby residents, and anyone in the house, including children. Our State Police are targeting these illegal drug labs and will throw the book at anyone making drugs, and raise the penalties for those doing so with children present.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the New Mexico Legislature Jan 20, 2004

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2016 Presidential contenders on Drugs:
  Republicans:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Democrats:
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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