This week on New Mexico in Focus, NMPBS podcast co-hosts Growing Forward speak with Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham about New Mexico’s new recreational cannabis laws that will legalize the practice in late June. Sales are slated to begin in a year. The package also provides for the eradication of certain crimes related to cannabis. The governor convened a special session to bring the legislation across the finish line and signed the bills shortly afterwards. Then the couple speaks to former Governor Gary Johnson, who campaigned for legalization early on. The then Republican took a lot of heat for his stance two decades ago and for his prediction that legalized cannabis was on the horizon.
The Line Opinion Panel is investigating Jay Block’s entry into the race for Republican governor. The Sandoval County Commissioner plans to take over Governor Lujan Grisham in 2022. The group is also looking into overhauling the popular New Mexico True Tourism program and the possible merger of PNM with an east coast energy company.
As the world celebrates Earth Day, environmental correspondent Laura Paskus reflects on how we relate to the world inherited from our ancestors and borrowed from our descendants.
New Mexico in Focus will air on Friday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, April 25 at 7:00 a.m. on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD)
Line opinion panel
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima Public Relations
Serge Martinez, UNM law professor
H. Diane Snyder, former Senator
Growing forward with the governors
Megan Kamerick, co-host of the podcast “Growing Forward”
Andy Lyman, co-host of the podcast “Growing Forward”
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
Former Governor Gary Johnson
Look up on Earth Day
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