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International Drug Policy Reform Conference To Be Held in Albuquerque

October 4, 2009, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

The International Drug Policy Reform Conference will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on November 12-14. The conference was held in Albuquerque in 2001. It returns because the presumably New Mexico is a “beacon of reform” because of its innovative Good Samaritan laws passed to prevent fatal overdose, and its medical marijuana initiatives. There will […]

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Albuquerque and New Mexico Slow to Adopt Trend Toward Decriminalization of Marijuana

October 3, 2009, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

There is a small but growing trend toward the decriminalization of marijuana. Albuquerque and New Mexico, despite taking a lead on medical marijuana, lag behind the trend toward decriminalization. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has indicated that legalization needs to be studied closely. Massachusetts voters approved a referendum decriminalizing marijuana. Denver has passed a law making adult […]

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Marijuana Use Accepted – Possession of Marijuana is Still Aggressively Prosecuted

October 2, 2009, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

Marijuana use in New Mexico and throughout the United States seems be generally accepted. Stories have appeared this month alone on the Today Show, Marie Claire magazine, Variety, and even Forbes depicting marijuana use in relatively favorable light. Forbes described the medical marijuana trend as a step toward the end of prohibition. Many of our […]

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DWI/DUI Charges Said to Jeopardize Vehicular Homicide Charges in High Profile New Mexico Cases

September 24, 2009, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

There is a stir in Santa Fe over the fact that two drivers involved in high profile DWI/DUI fatal accidents have kept their driver‘s licenses. Carlos Fiero, a prominent lawyer and lobbyist in Santa Fe, is accused of vehicular homicide in the DWI/DUI related death of a Santa Fe man outside a popular Santa Fe […]

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Budget Crisis Causes the Closure of California Courts: Will New Mexico Follow Suit?

September 17, 2009, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

The Supreme Court of California announced that the Supreme Court of California, the Courts of Appeal and the Superior Courts would be closing on the third Wednesday of each month. The court closures are the result of California‘s ongoing budget crisis. It is estimated that this move will save the state $94.3 million for the […]

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The Right of Self-Defense in New Mexico

September 16, 2009, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

In New Mexico, a person has a right to defend himself and his home against harm. The long cherished rights of self-defense are clearly established in New Mexico under the State‘s Uniform Jury Instructions. New Mexico General Jury Instruction on Self-Defense UJI 14-5190 states that “A person who is threatened with an attack need not […]

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Quietly, New Policy Evolves on Medical Marijuana

September 12, 2009, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

In the past, the federal government did not recognize medical marijuana laws in the 13 states that now have such laws. The result was that the federal government would prosecute aggressively those folks engaged in medical marijuana distribution despite the fact that their state allowed it. Attorney General, Eric Holder, quietly has announced that the […]

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