Medical marijuana bill back on floor

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer After initial efforts to pass a medical marijuana bill in the state Legislature were shot down in the House last week, the issue is back at the urging of the governor. A substitute bill for the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act passed the Senate 32-3 late last week [...]

Police make drug bust

PNT Staff Report Portales police arrested three city residents Tuesday in drug raids that netted marijuana and cocaine in an ongoing narcotics investigations, according to a Portales Police Department press release. Joe E. Aragon, 27, of Portales, was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within a school zone and trafficking [...]

Police: Marijuana plants seized

Freedom Newspapers Marijuana plants with an approximate street value of $51,200 were confiscated from a Clovis house Friday afternoon by police and drug task force agents, according to officials. No arrests were made at the scene and no suspects were at home at the time of the search, the Clovis Police Department said in a [...]

Two arrested after Clovis dope sting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Two Clovis residents have been arrested in connection with attempting to smuggle 30 pounds of marijuana into the city, according to police. Officials have declined to identify the 24- and 34-year-olds arrested, citing an ongoing investigation. Otero County Sheriff’s Department narcotics officers made the first arrest late Thursday at a [...]

Denial of medical marijuana by FDA short on science

Editorial Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for reasons that are far from clear, chose to enter the debate over medical marijuana with a thoroughly unscientific — one might even say anti-scientific — blanket denial that marijuana has any medical value at all. Specifically, the grandiosely titled “Inter-Agency Advisory Regarding Claims That Smoked [...]

Police make drug busts

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PNT Staff Report Area law officers arrested three people in two separate drug busts Tuesday in Portales. The busts netted what police say were large amounts of crack cocaine and marijuana. Police started the busts shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday at 1112 W. 15th St., less than a block from the Eastern New Mexico University [...]

Ingle, Gardner support medical marijuana bill

By Andy Jackson For the sixth time in his legislative career, Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, voted in favor of medical marijuana, he said. The bill to legalize the controlled distribution of marijuana to terminally ill patients with AIDS, cancer and some other illnesses, is something Ingle, along with the governor, other legislators and the Curry [...]

Medical marijuana gets Senate nod

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — The state Senate overwhelmingly approved a proposal Tuesday to allow patients seriously ill with cancer, AIDS and some other illnesses to use marijuana for medical purposes. Supporters say marijuana can help people suffering from the pain of certain debilitating illnesses or nausea caused by treatments for cancer. “I just [...]

Senate panel OKs marijuana bill

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — Medical marijuana advocates have cleared the first hurdle in an uphill effort to get a bill through both houses of the Legislature during this year’s short session. The Senate Public Affairs Committee — the first of two Senate panels assigned to review it — endorsed the measure unanimously on [...]

Medical marijuana on session agenda

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday he will put medical marijuana legislation on the agenda of the 30-day session. The governor had been hesitant to do so, saying the agenda for the short session was already packed and the bill was controversial. But on Wednesday he said, “This issue is [...]