NM Law Changes in Effect

Discussion in 'National Laws, Bills and Politics' started by Malum Prohibitum, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member


    They also passed a medical marijuana bill (I thought that battle was already lost in Raich?)
  2. Gunstar1

    Gunstar1 Administrator

    Almost, but not quite. They found that under the commerse clause it is ok to regulate as long as certain conditions are never met.

    Basically I think it is another one of those "on the surface" cases where it is ok, kind of like the McCain-Fingold act and the first amendment. "On the surface" it is found to be valid. If you bring a different case that attacks just one specific area and ignores the rest, then you can create an exception. Just like the recent decision that found McCain Fingold unconstitutional when the ad is in reference to an action the Congress person needs to take (like voting for or against an act) and not about voting for or against the election/re-election of that person.

    The way I understood it, if more states make medical marijuana legal and more research shows the medical benifits, then the basis for the Gov's classification can be challenged.

  3. Macktee

    Macktee New Member

    New Mexico passed a medical marijuana bill that's just slightly different... the state will grow and process the weed.

    And, I'm starting to like Bill Richardson...


    Gov. Richardson stands behind medical pot bill

    Deborah Baker/Associated Press
    Friday, March 16, 2007

    SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson, poised to sign a bill making New Mexico the 12th state to legalize medical marijuana, says he realizes his action could become an issue in the Democratic presidential race.

    "So what if it's risky? It's the right thing to do," Richardson said Thursday. "What we're talking about is 160 people in deep pain. It only affects them."

    The legislation would create a program under which patients with a doctor's recommendation could use marijuana provided by the state Health Department.

    Lawmakers approved the bill Wednesday. The governor is expected to sign it in the next few weeks.

    Richardson has supported the proposal since he first ran in 2002. But he pushed especially hard for it this year, leaning on some Democrats to change their votes after the bill initially failed.

    "Give him credit. It's not something you do because you're going to garner great political support for it. It is a bit controversial," said Thomas Mann, a political analyst at the Brookings Institution in Washington. By the same token, Mann says, it is not likely to hurt him in the Democratic contests.

    "If he were to surprise us all and actually win the Democratic nomination, he's got an interesting mix of positions" that would not be undercut by his support of medical marijuana, Mann said.

    "It's an interesting risk," added Lonna Atkeson, professor of political science at the University of New Mexico. "I'm somewhat surprised, because I think he's sort of cautious, usually."

    A majority of the states that have legalized medical marijuana are in the West, and Atkeson suggested his position could play well in the region. But it could also give Richardson's rivals a potential issue to focus on.

    Drug Policy Alliance New Mexico said Richardson will be the first presidential candidate ever to advocate medical marijuana "by vocally supporting and signing legislation."

    In signing the measure, Richardson "will be sending a strong message that states can and should exercise their right to do what is in the best interest of their citizens free from intrusion from the federal government," said Reena Szczepanski of the advocacy group.

    Richardson said he has been asked about the issue by only a few voters while campaigning in Iowa. He said the White House had urged him not to sign the bill.

    "I don't see it as being a big issue," he said. "This is for medicinal purpose, for . . . people that are suffering. My God, let's be reasonable."

    The federal government declares marijuana an illegal controlled substance with no medical value. :bsflag:

    A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled on Wednesday that a woman whose doctor says marijuana is the only medicine keeping her alive can face federal prosecution on drug charges.

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the woman two years ago, saying medical marijuana users and their suppliers could be prosecuted for breaching federal drug laws even if they lived in a state such as California where medical pot is legal.
    E.W. Scripps Co.
    © 2006 The Albuquerque Tribune

  4. Macktee

    Macktee New Member

    Hey MP:

    Sorry about hijacking your thread.