Governor Lujan Grisham’s “Belief” in Marijuana

Leadership is tasked with casting a “Vision” for the people.

The “Vision” addresses our higher calling,  our better selves,  a future goal to be strived for and but never obtained.  Good leadership gives us an upward view, a broader vision, something greater of what we can: “never give up” or “love they neighbor.”

Unfortunately, the vision given New Mexico and New Mexicans by our Governor has been only a downward view.  Governor Michele Lujan Grisham signed HB 2, the Cannabis Regulation bill making legal yet another very potent intoxicant.

In signing the bill, Governor Lujan Grisham cast her vision for the state.  She called marijuana “Something to hang on to and believe in.”

To follow the Governor’s lead, New Mexico is called to inebriation as our higher self, a guidepost, our betterment, our “belief.”

Please ask New Mexico’s Governor Michele Lujan Grisham to remember the day marijuana was legalized in the state of New Mexico.

Please ask her to remember the day when New Mexican families are called to take their stoned children out of class, when wrong-way drivers are found on our highways and when, in the future, New Mexicans are called to visit our morgues.

New Mexico can do with better leadership.

New Mexico Watchman

Final Report-New Mexico Legislature 2021 Session

April 7, 2021

The New Mexico State Legislature’s 2021 sessions were marked by three circumstances that affected its outcomes:
1.  The inability of the public to access and participate in the legislative process:
the Shut Out
2.  Major campaign contributions from Planned Parenthood and “Big Cannabis,” and
3.  Legislators followed through with what the contributors wanted.

Governor Michele Lujan Grisham had exactly what she needed to keep the recently purchased freshman class of legislators away from the populace and away from public influence.  The January 6, 2021 breach of the nation’s Capitol and the COVID scare allowed her to disallow public access to the state Capitol.  Zoom meetings did the rest.

The Democrat-controlled legilators hid behind the New Mexico State Police stationed both inside and outside the Capitol, they hid behind a six-foot-high chain-link fence surrounding the entire Roundhouse building, they hid behind the Plexiglas surrounding their desks, and they wore facemasks hiding their faces.

The chain-link fence surrounding the Roundhouse went up the day after the events in Washington.  It remained in place despite pleading by Republicans to bring it down.  The cost of the fence to New Mexico taxpayers was $700,000.  The cost of the extra security is unknown.  The rumor that the Capitol would be assaulted ended up costing New Mexicans at least a million dollars and nothing happened.  Another $236,000 was spent to bring legislators back for the two-day special session during Holy Week.

Most frustrating was the tightly controlled Zoom meetings.  There was a link on the legislative webpage that was supposed to give instructions on how to participate in committee meetings.  The link went nowhere.  Anyone with a sincere concern about abortion, assisted suicide or marijuana was mostly without a voice.

The November 2020 primary election was slated to purging the moderate democrats from the chambers.  It worked.

According to the New Mexico Secretary of States website, Planned Parenthood alone invested $795,093.32 in campaigns.  The top four New Mexico marijuana growers, Ultra Health, PurLife, R. Greenleaf Organics, and Verdes Foundation contributed $88,250.00 to New Mexico campaigns.  It is estimated that total amounts from local and outside sourses exceeded $300,00.

Once in office, there was not stopping the progressive agenda.  The most egregious was the arrogance displayed by Senator Linda Lopez whose Abortion Bill was defeated two years ago and not presented last year.  Her bill eliminated a 1969 abortion law.  As a result, there are no restrictions on abortions in the state of New Mexico.  Any physician’s assistant can perform an abortion without any legal ramifications.

Republicans Senators Dr. Gregg Schmedes and Crystal Diamond pleaded with Senator Lopez to consider an amendment that would include at least a “conscience clause,” protecting those with deeply held beliefs against prosecution for not participating in abortions.

Senator Lopez arrogantly and dismissively responded to every plea with the “I respectfully decline to comment.”  Senator Lopez had been embarrassed by the bill’s defeat in 2019 and she wasn’t going to engage in a respectful debate with anyone in opposition to the bill.  In lieu of a discussion on the issue which decency would dictate, the pathetic response was repeated infinitum.  Planned Parenthood’s campaign money was heard in the New Mexico Senate.

The legacy of the 2021 New Mexico State Legislature has been death, death and more death.  New Mexico has been given Death,

  1. Death in the womb with the repeal of the abortion bill,
  2. Death for the aged as the result of the assisted suicide bill’s passage, and
  3. Death of the minds and bodies of New Mexicans with alcohol made a easier to acquire and marijuana legalized.

God help the State of New Mexico.

New Mexico Watchman

Special Session and the Marijuana Disaster

Governor Michele Lujan Grisham has called for a Special Session of the New Mexico State Legislature to pass legalization legalizing the production and sale of cannabis.  She has called the special session mid-Holy Week.  Legislators may feel pressured to passing legislation so they can return to their families for Easter celebrations the following Sunday.

The only information shared by this administration has been the financial incentive of increased employment and tax revenue.  There has been no discussion of the real profiteers of Big Tobacco and Big Alcohol.  Nor has there been a legitimate discussion of the social cost of policing, disruption of the social fabric – broken homes and depletion of the employment pool due to inevitable intoxication, an agricultural shift away from traditional crops, and an increased attraction of the homeless population as has occurred in other states.

New Mexico will be forever changed as the result of:

  • Water consumption for chilie crops and other crops diverted to marijuana production
  • A substantial increase in substance abuse of both soft and hard drugs
  • Traffic accidents and death increases as the result of slower response times
  • Domestic violence will be sustained at Covid 19 levels.
  • Marketing to teens via consumables such as crewables and beverages
  • Overdose hospitalization and deaths
  • A concentrations of pot shops in especially border towns

An intoxicated nation has never been able to maintain itself.  In the midst of Holy Week and the Covid pandemic, our New Mexico leadership is engaged in an act of betrayal.

God bless our New Mexico.  Please pray for our state.

New Mexico State Legislature Special Session
March 31
The Pending Marijuana Disaster
The 2021 Legislative session continues with Governor Michele Lujan Grisham’s call for a Special Session to reconvene next Wednesday, March 31. The purpose for calling Legislators back to Santa Fe is to legalize marijuana. The only topic discussed has been the financial gains to be had in job creation and tax revenue.
None of the real issues that have faced other states such as California and Colorado have been addressed. The attached video addresses one of the issues. We’ve not talking about adults having a smoke after work, we’re talking about having a whole industry transform our culture and our cultural norms with a flood of high potency THC in an abundance of forms. And that is only one of the problems. Please view and share the following.

                             https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC22hfqO6zyb1UzXOdEMyO-w 

God bless our state and keep us from the marijuana disaster. New Mexico Watchman
www.NMWATCHMAN.com

Today is day 30 of a 60-day of the 2021 New Mexico Legislative session. 

New Mexico is experiencing a major tragedy right now.   The Democrat Party occupies 2/3 of both chambers.  The Roundhouse surrounded by a 6-foot chain link constructed after the November 6th riots in Washington DC.  Only Legislators, the Governor and administrative staff are allowed in the building. 

All meetings are conducted via Zoom.  Public input is starkly restricted.  Meetings are virtual.  It is hard to get on the Zoom venue.  The PDF on the legislative website with instructions on how to participate does not open.  The Republicans sued to have legislators in the building at least and not “working from home.”  The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled against them.  The Senator and a few of the Representatives are in the building.

Planned Parenthood has spent $341,000 in the state to remove laws prohibiting abortion in the state.   I’m sure Big Tabacco and Big Alchohol have done the same for marijuana. 

Please pray for the Governor, legislators and the legislative process.

New Mexico Watchman Legislative Report 2/1/2021

New Mexico State Legislature Report
55th Session
February 1, 2021

House Bill 7: Repeal Abortion Ban

House Bill 7 Repeal Abortion Ban    Current Location
First Committee                ˃ ˃ ˃          Second Committee            ˃ ˃ ˃          HOUSE FLOOR
Health & Human Services                House Judiciary Committee
DO PASS  (1/31/21)                             TBA

House Judiciary Committee Members

Gail Chasey, Chair  (505) 986-4411  gail@gailchasey.com
Micaela Lara Cadena  (505) 986-4210  micaela.cadena@nmlegis.gov 
Eliseo Lee Alcon  (505) 986-4416 eliseo.alcon@nmlegis.gov
Deborah A Armstrong (505) 986-4344  deborah.armstrong@nmlegis.gov
Zachary J. Cook (505) 986-4221 zachary.cook@nmlegis.gov
Brian Egolf (505) 986-4782 brian.egolf@nmlegis.gov
Damon Ely (505) 986-4243 damon.ely@nmlegis.gov
Georgene Louis (505) 986-4329 georgene.louis@nmlegis.gov
Matthew McQueen (505) 986-4423 matthew.mcqueen@nmlegis.gov
Greg Nibert (505) 986-4211 greg.nibert@nmlegis.gov
William “Bill” R Rehm (505) 986-4214  bill.rehm@nmlegis.gov
James G Townsend (505) 986-4757 townsend@pvtn.net

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House Bill 47: Assisted Suicide

House Bill 47 Assisted Suicide received a DO PASS from the House Health and Human Services Committee on Friday.  It currently before the House Judiciary Committee but has not been announced as scheduled.

                                                  Current Location
First Committee         ˃            Second Committee       ˃    HOUSE FLOOR|
Health & Human Services   Judiciary Committee          
DO PASS  (1/31/21)                 TBA

House Judiciary Committee Members

Gail Chasey, Chair  (505) 986-4411  gail@gailchasey.com
Micaela Lara Cadena  (505) 986-4210  micaela.cadena@nmlegis.gov 
Eliseo Lee Alcon  (505) 986-4416 eliseo.alcon@nmlegis.gov
Deborah A Armstrong (505) 986-4344  deborah.armstrong@nmlegis.gov
Zachary J. Cook (505) 986-4221 zachary.cook@nmlegis.gov
Brian Egolf (505) 986-4782 brian.egolf@nmlegis.gov
Damon Ely (505) 986-4243 damon.ely@nmlegis.gov
Georgene Louis (505) 986-4329 georgene.louis@nmlegis.gov
Matthew McQueen (505) 986-4423 matthew.mcqueen@nmlegis.gov
Greg Nibert (505) 986-4211 greg.nibert@nmlegis.gov
William “Bill” R Rehm (505) 986-4214  bill.rehm@nmlegis.gov
James G Townsend (505) 986-4757 townsend@pvtn.net

Senate Bill 10: Repeal Abortion Ban

Senate Bill 10  Repeal Abortion Ban    Current Location
First Committee         ˃ ˃ ˃                    Second Committee      ˃ ˃ ˃          SENATE FLOOR
Health & Public Affairs                          Sentate Judiciary Committee
DO PASS  (1/31/21)                                TBA

Senate Judiciary Committee

Joseph Cervantes  (505) 397-8820   joseph.cervantes@nmlegis.gov
Bill B. O’Neill   (505) 450-9263  oneillsd13@billoneillfornm.com
Cliff R. Pirtle  (505) 986-4369  cliff.pirtle@nmlegis.gov
Gregory A. Baca  (505) 385-7303  greg.baca@nmlegis.gov
Katy M. Duhigg  (505) 397-8823  katy.duhigg@nmlegis.gov
Daniel A. Ivey-Soto  (505) 397-8830  daniel.ivey-soto@nmlegis.gov
Linda M. Lopez  (505) 397-8833  linda.lopez@nmlegis.gov
Mark Moores   (505) 986-4856  mark.moores@nmlegis.gov
Mimi Stewart  (505) 397-8853  mimi.stewart@nmlegis.gov

Legislative Process

For a Bill to become law the usual process is after being introduced in the House or Senate, it is referred to two committees.  If it is passed by both committees, it proceeds to the full chamber (House or Senate) for debate and a vote by that chamber.  The Bill then goes to the other legislative body (House or Senate) where it is heard by two committees and, if passed, goes to the full chamber for debate and vote.  If a bill is passed by both chambers, it goes to the Governor for his or her signature to become law or to be vetoed.

Seven Keys for Staying Healthy: Lifestyle Basics

Besides hand washing and social isolation, it is lifestyle that determines who stays healthy.  All those things your mother told you, basic lifestyle choices, are what really matter.  Here’s the list.

  1.  Diet:  Green vegetables, protein and plenty of water, no sugar and remember pre and pro biotics lessen the need for antibiotics.
  2. Exercise:  A sedentary lifestyle is a deadly lifestyle.  Take a walk.
  3. Little or no alcohol.
  4. No Tobacco, No drugs.
  5. Plenty of Sleep:  Seven to as much as nine hours a night.
  6. Maintain a normal weight:  Obesity kills!
  7. Don’t Worry, Be Happy:  A smile a day keeps endorphins in play.

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?
1 Corinthians 3:16