State’s pot policy needs more transparency

The state Department of Health is planning to address a shortage in the medical marijuana supply. It plans to increase the number of producers from the current 23 to as many as 35, as well as boost the number of plants each can grow, adding 300 seedlings to the 150 plants now allowed. That growth […]

Bureaucracy violates your rights

Legalized? Decriminalized? Why? Most things wrongly made illegal should instead be ignored, which is difficult for those infected with the lust to control. They are not proper areas of governance under any circumstances. Even under the most well-meaning situations, “there ought to be a law” is misguided. No new law is necessary; the laws that […]

Taxes from pot sales incentive to legalize

So far, the experiment to legalize marijuana in Colorado has to be making New Mexico lawmakers, always on the lookout for new money, more than a little jealous. Just more than a month into the experiment, Colorado expects to earn $184 million in taxes from the legal marijuana market over the first 18 months of […]

1st Amendment applies to all — even bigots


Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. If anyone is wondering whether it should be legal for a business owner to discriminate against gay people, or black people or short people, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution settles the dispute quickly. Just base your claim […]

Why no droning on about drones?

Ned Cantwell

Were you surprised the 2014 New Mexico legislative session dragged to a finish without one word about killing drones? I know I was. Legislators talked on and on and on. They continued a three-year debate on education policy, an argument that continues to ignore the reality no system on earth will work unless early childhood […]

Gerrymanders appear here to stay

Wendel Sloan

“Gerrymander” comes from an 1812 attempt by Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry to gain political advantage by contorting a district into a salamander shape. According to Doc Elder, local history professor and radio personality, 34 state legislatures control the drawing of congressional districts. Other states vary, or only have one representative. “Power can be either concentrated […]

Post-game handshake provides perspective

The University of New Mexico Lobos men’s basketball team is having a great season under the leadership of new head coach Craig Neal. The talent and drive of this year’s team was certainly on display in its victory last weekend against the then-No. 6 ranked San Diego State Aztecs. The celebration of an impressive Lobo […]

Worst-case scenarios being spread as fact

Jake Swafford

The decision on whether to list the lesser prairie chicken as a “threatened” species will be made by the end of March, so time to influence the opinion of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is running out. Agencies across the range of the species are working hard to create as much habitat as […]

Proprietors should choose who they serve

Kent McManigal

Arizona has been debating a new law that would allow business owners to refuse service to gay people. This is another case of a law being inflicted because of a misguided past law. Does a business owner already have the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason? Yes. No matter what any law […]

Canada owed answer on pipeline

President Obama told the National Governors Association this week that his long-awaited decision on the Keystone XL pipeline could come in a couple of months. The $5.3 billion pipeline — first proposed in 2008 — would cross the border from Canada, connect with existing pipelines in the Midwest, and eventually move about 800,000 barrels a […]