Recreational Pot Bill Stalls in House Committee – The ABQ Journal, The Santa Fe New Mexican
A bill to legalize and tax recreational marijuana was blocked in committee in Santa Fe yesterday.
The Albuquerque Journal reports the 9-1 vote by the House Business and Industry Committee all but guarantees the bill will not reach the desk of Governor Susana Martinez this session, which ends March 18.
Democratic Rep. Bill McCamley, the bill’s sponsor, cited a recent poll that showed strong support for legalizing recreational marijuana in New Mexico, and characterized the move as inevitable.
But lawmakers expressed concern about whether President Donald Trump’s administration could crack down on states with legal recreational marijuana. Eight states and the District of Columbia have enacted such laws.
Democratic Rep. Carl Trujillo of Santa Fe was the sole committee member who voted to keep the bill alive.
Ohio Suspect In Officer’s Slaying Faces Life Without Parole – The Associated Press & The Sun-News
Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence without the possibility of parole for an Ohio man charged with killing a New Mexico police officer, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that 39-year-old Jesse Hanes is charged with murder in connection with the August death of Dona Ana County Officer Jose Chavez.
His trial is set for April.
Third Judicial District Attorney Mark D’Antonio filed a notice Monday saying prosecutors want a sentence of life without parole for Hanes if he is convicted in Chavez’ death.
Prisoners serving life sentences in New Mexico are eligible for parole after 30 years unless there are aggravating circumstances.
D’Antonio says such circumstances would include the killing of a police officer while in the line of duty.
Roswell-Phoenix Flights Reach First-Year Milestone – The Associated Press & The Roswell Daily