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NM Blue Ribbon Panel Issues Drug Policy Report
Increased Emphasis on Treatment and Education, Alternatives to Incarceration Stressed
A state-wide poll in New Mexico shows "overwhelming support for decriminalizing marijuana and making 'medical marijuana' legal for certain patients, according to a report in The Santa Fe New Mexican. The results show:
The full set of poll results can be found at this webpage.
Governor Gary Johnson (R-NM) appointed a Drug Policy Advisory Group in 2000 to examine drug policy in New Mexico, and also come up with policy ideas for the state.
Several bills are being introduced as part of the Governor's drug policy reform moves. Governor Johnson has reached out to both sides of the aisle. The Albuquerque Journal reports ("Legislators to Offer Bills on Marijuana") that two of his bills on marijuana are being introduced in the legislature by lawmakers from both the major parties, one by a Democrat, one by a Republican.
Click here for more information on Governor Johnson's legislative package.
Governor Johnson and the panel's recommendations were the subject of a column by Arianna Huffington suggesting Governor be appointed the next Drug Czar ("Bush's Drug Czar: A Modest Proposal", Jan. 11, 2001).
Search the MAP news archive for stories on Governor Johnson, including this excellent profile by Matthew Miller, "He Just Said No To The Drug War" published in the New York Times Magazine in August 2000.