This week on New Mexico in Focus correspondent Gwyneth Doland breaks down what will no doubt be one of the most high-profile legislative discussions this year: legalizing recreational cannabis for adults over age 21. She finds out why supporters believe this may be the year, and breaks down how the proposed legislation would work

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss a proposal to make New Mexico a sanctuary state, while conflict over a border wall and the government shutdown continues to negatively affect many New Mexicans. 

The Line also examines the avalanche of education proposals in the Roundhouse, plus the fast and furious tone in the early weeks of the legislative session.

Studio Guests

  • Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino (D), New Mexico State Senator


  • Gwyneth Doland

Line Panelists

  • Martha Burk, political psychologist and women’s issues expert
  • Justine Fox-Young, former state representative
  • Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
  • Eric Griego, former NM state senator


  • 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.

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