This week on New Mexico in Focus, Gene Grant and The Line Opinion Panel assess the first year of recreational cannabis sales in our state. The panelists respond to questions about equity in the cannabis market, tax revenue and industry regulation. 

Then, the panel dives into several pressing environmental issues impacting New Mexico. 

Those include a request to extend the license at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Plant, a pending decision that would create yet another nuclear waste dump, and historic flooding in the Jemez River Valley.  

Opioid addiction has destroyed lives and families across the country and here in New Mexico. UNM Health Sciences has been treating expectant mothers who are addicted through its Milagro Program. The goal is to break the cycle of dependency, but Dr. Larry Leeman, the program’s medical director, says methadone and buprenorphine treatments aren’t always successful. That’s why he’s leading a first-of-its-kind study aimed at addressing the underlying mental traumas that feed addiction. The program will incorporate MDMA, a drug popularly known as ecstasy or molly. As Dr. Leeman tells senior producer Lou Divizio, when given in a controlled setting, it can help mothers overcome trauma-driven addiction and improve the bond with their child. 

Gene Grant speaks with New Mexico filmmaker Larry Sheffield about his new documentary profiling J. Robert Oppenheimer. The film pieces together old footage, declassified documents and other research from months and years after the nuclear test at White Sands Missile Range. It premiers Saturday, April 22 at the SALA Los Alamos Event Center.  

Inspired by Carl Sagan, who wrote about “cosmic isolationism” in his 1985 novel, Contact, Our Land Senior Producer Laura Paskus travels to Capulin Volcano National Monument in northeastern New Mexico to explore what it means to connect with the night sky — and protect it for future generations. 

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 23 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.

NMiF Segments 
UNM Study Hopes to Break the Cycle of Dependency
 Using MDMA-Assisted Therapy 

Lou DiVizio 


Dr. Larry Leeman, medical director, Milagro Program, UNM School of Medicine

NM Filmmaker Premiers Documentary, ‘Oppenheimer After Trinity’ 

Gene Grant 

Larry Sheffield, filmmaker

Our Land: Dark Skies  Correspondent
Laura Paskus 

Kelly Ricks, astronomy volunteer, Capulin Volcano National Monument    
Bernard Poskus, park guide, Capulin Volcano National Monument  
Sam Finn, retired professor of physics and astronomy

The Line Opinion Panel
Andy Lyman, staff writer, Santa Fe Reporter
Shaun Griswold, editor, Source New Mexico
Dede Feldman, former NM State Senator

Gene Grant

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." 

New Mexico in Focus Executive Producer for NMPBS Public Affairs is Jeff Proctor and Senior Producer for New Mexico in Focus is Lou DiVizio. "Our Land" Senior Producer is Laura Paskus. Co-producer of New Mexico in Focus is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation and Viewers Like You.

Funding for the Your New Mexico Government Project comes from the Thornburg Foundation and New Mexico Local News Fund.

Funding for Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present & Future, is provided in part by the Neeper Natural History Programming Fund for KNME-TV.