Morning Report: “NM misses deadline for cannabis training standards”;  Senators push for more funding for wildfire smoke monitoring; Growing Forward: Risk and Reward; NM collects $2.4 million in cannabis taxes for first month of sales

NM misses deadline for cannabis training standards

When the state Legislature debated the New Mexico Cannabis Regulation Act, many lawmakers raised concerns about the health and safety of the public in a post-legalization world. Some expressed concerns about ingesting too much cannabis, while others raised concerns about intoxicated driving in a state that already battles with some of the worst rates of alcohol-related deaths in the nation. 

In theory, state agencies can require education programs for those who work in the cannabis industry in order to help ensure the public’s safety.

Continue reading NM misses deadline for cannabis training standards at The NM Political Report.

Senators push for more funding for wildfire smoke monitoring

The Western United States has experienced some of the largest fires in recorded history in recent years and the smoke from those blazes has impacted human health and the environment. Now politicians from several of the states impacted by the fires are pushing for increased funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to monitor wildfire smoke.

Sen. Ben Ray Luján, a Democrat from New Mexico, joined five other Democratic senators representing California and Arizona in urging the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies to increase the funding by $20 million to allow for a more equitable deployment of monitoring equipment.

Continue reading Senators push for more funding for wildfire smoke monitoring at The NM Political Report.

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