The Weekly Sedition

Saturday, 10 October 2015

[ABQ Journal] ABQ mayor’s marijuana veto survives challenge

ABQ mayor’s marijuana veto survives challenge

By Dan McKay / Journal Staff Writer
Published: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 7:26pm
Updated: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 11:09pm

Mayor Richard Berry’s veto of a marijuana decriminalization bill withstood a challenge from Albuquerque city councilors on Wednesday.

Democrats on the City Council failed to persuade one of their Republican colleagues to change positions and join them in favor of a veto override.

But no one changed positions. The override attempt failed on a 5-4 vote along party lines.

It takes six of nine councilors to override a mayoral veto.

About a half-dozen speakers urged councilors to override the veto and enact the legislation – which called for making it a civil offense, not a criminal violation, under city law to possess an ounce or less of marijuana.

A companion bill sought to make marijuana a low priority for law enforcement.

Berry, a Republican, vetoed both proposals. He said they conflicted with state and federal law.

Councilors Isaac Benton and Rey Garduño, who co-sponsored the legislation, said cities have authority to set their own penalties for marijuana possession. That gives police officers discretion to cite people under either a local ordinance or under state law, they said.

Furthermore, the two argued, local voters already support reducing marijuana penalties.

“We don’t have to wait for the federal government or the state of New Mexico to tell us how to govern our own community, or respond to the voice of the community,” Benton said as he read a joint statement.

About 60 percent of Bernalillo County voters last year expressed support for decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. That was in response to a nonbinding question on the general-election ballot.

None of the council’s four Republicans spoke about the veto Wednesday. But they’ve previously said they don’t view city government as the right venue for changing drug laws.

That didn’t stop people from trying to change their minds.

Mike Blessing of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico told councilors they were supporting organized crime if they refuse to change the law. Support for an override, however, means “you’re standing up for free markets,” Blessing said.

Other supporters said that a marijuana conviction can make it hard to find a job and that enforcement draws resources away from more-serious crimes.

“The war on drugs has been a terrible failure,” Garduño said. “We know this isn’t working.”

In New Mexico, marijuana use is legal only for medical purposes.

Supporting the override were Benton, Garduño, Ken Sanchez, Diane Gibson and Klarissa Peña, all Democrats.

Republicans Brad Winter, Dan Lewis, Trudy Jones and Don Harris voted “no.”


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. City Council on 2015-10-07 5:00 PM – TWENTY-FIRST COUNCIL – FORTY-NINTH MEETING
  2. DPA Statement: Albuquerque Mayor Berry’s Veto of Marijuana Decriminalization Lags Behind History and the Public’s Will

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 13.6
  2. Original article — http://abqjournal.com/656288/news/abq-mayors-marijuana-veto-stands.html
    Archived here — https://archive.is/3NWiF
  3. Reposted –
    1. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoBlog / Facebook page / Facebook group
      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoBlog / Facebook page / Facebook group
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    3. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

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Monday, 3 August 2015

[LPNM] Convention of States Resolution

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:21 PM

Convention of States resolution:

Whereas the Libertarian Party of New Mexico is a political party with the goal of increasing liberty in New Mexico; and

Whereas the federal government of the United States in all its branches has been recently engaged in limiting the powers belonging to the several states and to the people in violation of the Constitution of the United States; and

Whereas, the Constitution provides a remedy to the states and the people for the purpose of addressing said violations in the form of an Article 5 Convention of the States to amend the Constitution:

Be it resolved that the Libertarian party of New Mexico endorses the political work necessary to pass a resolution in the New Mexico legislature to apply for a Convention of the States to amend the Constitution as an exercise in asserting the powers reserved to the states and to the people in order to preserve and increase liberty.

Resolution passed by the LPNM Central Committee on Sunday, 2 August 2015


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Convention to propose amendments to the United States Constitution [Wikipedia page]
  2. http://conventionofstates.com/ — the official site
  3. Second Constitutional Convention of the United States [Wikipedia page]
  4. List of state applications for an Article V Convention [Wikipedia page]

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 15.6
  2. Reposted –
    1. LPUSA / LPNMLPNM Blog / LPNM Official Facebook page / LPNM Official Google Plus page / LPNM Official Twitter page / LPNM Official Facebook group / New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

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Monday, 9 March 2015

[LPNM] Does “Everybody” Truly Support Laws Against “Predatory” Lending? (Letter to the Editor)

Filed under: Economics, Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:42 PM

Subject: Does “Everybody” Truly Support Laws Against “Predatory” Lending?
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:33:50 -0700
From: Mike Blessing
To: Albuquerque Journal

Ms. Nathalie Martin recently wrote in a guest column titled “Remember who votes against cap on loan interest rates” that

“The bottom line is that everybody favors the cap, except the legislators who have lined their pockets with industry funds.”

I for one do not favor the proposed cap, as it pushes those who can’t qualify for loans from businesses that meet with Ms. Martin’s approval to the extra-legal market — the gangs, Mafia remnants and such.

I submit that losing a car title for nonpayment is much less stressful than having your fingers or leg broken. But maybe that’s just me?

Still, I don’t remember being directly polled on this issue in any way, shape or form, so I have to ask — what sort of polling did Ms. Martin undertake?

To which polling firm was this contracted out?

What was the sample size? What was the demographic breakdown of the respondents? What was the poll format — telephone, direct mail, via the web, or face-to-face?

Another loaded line from the article:

“One-thousand percent interest loans hurt New Mexicans, and we unquestionably need to destroy these high-cost lenders before they destroy us.”

One easy way to avoid being “destroyed” by high-interest lenders is to simply not do business with them. I’ve gotten offers through the mail from such outfits in the past, and never been close to being “destroyed” — I simply put the mailings into the shredder.


Who owns you? Who runs your life? Who should — you or someone else?
Freedom is the answer — what’s the question?

“Government is the disease that masquerades as its own cure.”
— Robert LeFevre

“If you wanna live long on your own terms
You gotta be willing to crash and burn”
— Motley Crue, “Primal Scream”


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 9
  2. Reposted –
    1. LPUSA / LPNM
      1. Libertarian Party of New Mexico – Blog / Facebook group / Facebook page
      2. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    2. Albuquerque Journal article

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Monday, 10 February 2014

A “Brewery District” for Albuquerque?

Filed under: Economics, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:37 PM

Recently, State Senator (and Majority Leader) Tim Keller sponsored a Senate “Memorial” (SM81) that a “brewery district” should be created in Albuquerque.

The Legislature’s page for SM81

Here’s the actual text of SM81.

Here’s the KOB puff piece on this – Lawmakers call for brewery district in Albuquerque

How is a “memorial” (basically a non-binding resolution) going to do anything besides give Keller & Co. some press coverage about how they’re “pro-business” ?

What are Keller & Co. going to do to reduce the regulatory burden upon new and existing businesses?

What exactly are Keller & Co. proposing to REPEAL in this session?


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 12.7

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