This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Gwyneth Doland dives into the finances surrounding legalized and medical cannabis with a financial market analyst, a tax expert, and an owner of a medical cannabis dispensary.

Additionally, Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss prospects for the Public Education Department now that Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed a new cabinet secretary and leadership team.

Also on the schedule, The Line delves into the cannabis issue in light of Ultra Health’s lawsuit against the state, seeking a refund of gross-receipts taxes it says it shouldn’t have paid, as it provides medicinal marijuana. The Line also debates abortion and aid-in-dying bills that are making their way through the legislature.

New Mexico PBS’ one-hour public affairs show New Mexico in Focus regularly airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1, and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on Channel 9.1, except during pledge drives.

Studio Guests

  • Richard Anklam, executive director, New Mexico Tax Research Institute
  • Lee Munson, CIO, Portfolio Wealth Advisors
  • Rachael Speegle, CEO, Verdes Foundation

Line Panelists

  • Dede Feldman, former NM State Senator
  • Edmund E. Perea, attorney, public safety expert, and executive director of the Center for  Law, Policy, & Public Safety, LLC
  • H. Diane Snyder, former NM state senator
  • Harry Van Buren, professor, UNM Anderson School of Management     


  • Gwyneth Doland


  • Gene Grant

New Mexico in Focus is New Mexico PBS’ prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest.

Hosted by Gene Grant, NMiF takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic health, education, and arts 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 Sarah Gustavus with associate producer Kathy Wimmer. NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation, the Neeper Natural History Programming Fund for KNME TV and viewers like you.

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