This week on New Mexico in Focus, The Line opinion panel assembles virtually to discuss the state’s full reopening, scheduled for July 1. The group also discusses New Mexico’s seemingly permanent place near the bottom of an annual child wellbeing survey. Finally, the panel considers another important date: June 29, when adult-use cannabis becomes legal. There’s a long way to go for New Mexico’s nascent industry and cities like Albuquerque are figuring out important zoning issues.
Growing Forward podcast hosts Megan Kamerick and Andy Lyman talk to Doña Ana County Sheriff Kim Stewart about how her deputies will deal with the new cannabis law.
Former Albuquerque Journal and Washington Post reporter Marie C. Baca has started a newsletter based on New Mexico’s social media scene, and Gwyneth Doland chats with her about the new venture.
Laura Paskus speaks with New Mexico Environment Secretary James Kenney about the development of new regulations for the oil and gas industry, as the governor focuses on combating climate change.
New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, June 25 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 27 at 7 a.m.
Legal Cannabis and Law Enforcement
Megan Kamerick, Growing Forward co-host
Andy Lyman, Growing Forward co-host
Kim Stewart, Doña Ana County Sheriff
Chile Street Newsletter
Marie C. Baca, journalist
NM’s Coming Oil and Gas Regulations
James Kenney, NM Environment Secretary
The Line opinion panel
Serge Martinez, UNM Law School
Edmund Perea, attorney and public safety consultant
Giovanna Rossi, Collective Action Strategies
New Mexico in Focus is the New Mexico PBS prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues, and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest. NMiF takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic health, education, and art issues, and explores them in-depth with a critical eye to give them context beyond the "news of the moment."
The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Matt Grubs, with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. The NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.