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Well, that didn’t take long. As soon as the regular legislative session was done – a little over a week ago – Gov. Lujan-Grisham suggested that she may call a special session to bring full-fledged recreational marijuana to New Mexico. That session begins tomorrow – at a heavy cost to taxpayers.

But while the cost of security for the special session (potentially well over $100,000) has gotten the main attention, the real cost to taxpayers will come if the Legislature and Governor actually legalize recreational pot. After all, in states that have fully legalized marijuana, the cost to the states has been enormous.

As New Mexicans, we have to look no further than Colorado to see the social and fiscal costs since legalization in 2014. Since that time, our neighboring state has seen a dramatic increase in violent crime, traffic fatalities, and marijuana hospitalizations. And usage by minors – sometimes fatal, from eating poorly regulated marijuana “candies” – has soared.

Watch this short video to see what awaits New Mexico if legislators choose to do the Governor’s bidding and legalize recreational weed.

TAKE ACTION: Please take 30 seconds to send a message to your state senator and representative asking them to oppose legalizing recreational marijuana in the special session. (Even if you contacted them earlier, it’s important that they hear from you again.)

Thank you for speaking up and spreading the word!

The Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico Team

It’s the last week of the session, and things are happening quickly. Thanks for staying engaged and taking action!

On Sunday, there were two big developments on bills that we’ve been telling you about.

ASSISTED SUICIDE. First, the Senate Judiciary Committee met for several hours on Sunday and heard House Bill 47, which would legalize assisted suicide in New Mexico. Family Policy Alliance was one of four groups allowed to testify against the bill in the minimal time allowed.

It was clear that the hundreds of emails you sent through our Action Center – plus countless phone calls to key senators – made a difference. For a time, it appeared that the bill might be defeated in the committee. But one of the senators with strong concerns about the bill ultimately voted to allow the bill to go to the Senate floor, where he will attempt to address some of its major problems. With his vote, the bill passed committee, 5-3.

Despite the fact that it only passed committee last night, it could be voted on by the full Senate as early as today!

Your action is needed!

RECREATIONAL POT. Thank you to the hundreds of you who also reached out to the Senate committee that was scheduled to hear the bill to fully legalize Big Marijuana in New Mexico. Yesterday, at the last minute, that bill (House Bill 12) was moved to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it may be considered today or tomorrow.

That move to a new committee is likely an indication that your messages were making a difference! But now Senate Judiciary needs to hear from New Mexicans who are concerned about the Colorado-style damage that this bill will inflict on our state!

Please take a moment to urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose recreational marijuana (HB12). When you send a message, it will also include your own senator, even if they aren’t on the committee.

From the elderly and infirm (assisted suicide) to vulnerable young people (Big Marijuana), these attacks devalue life and must be fought. Thanks again for standing firm and taking action!

The Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico Team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2020

Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico ‬
Applauds Defeat of Recreational Marijuana

SANTA FE — On Wednesday, legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in New Mexico was defeated in a Senate committee with bipartisan opposition. Senate Bill 115 was one of Governor Michelle Lujan Graham’s top priorities during the current Legislative Session. However, following strong opposition from law enforcement, the business community, and the faith community, the bill was tabled in the Senate Judiciary Committee.‬‬

Vince Torres, Executive Director of Family Policy Alliance, released the following statement:

“We applaud the Democratic and Republican legislators in the Senate Judiciary Committee who voted to defeat this legislation. As we have said before, marijuana commercialization in New Mexico would be the worst possible option at the worst possible time. With today’s vote, our lawmakers sent the message that they are dedicated to creating a healthy and safe environment and standing against expanded drug use. Expanding the second coming of Big Tobacco into our communities would accomplish nothing its proponents claimed, while unleashing a multitude of harms. Today is a great day for New Mexico.”

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For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with Vince Torres, contact Robert Noland at: 719-308-2822 or media@familypolicyalliance.com.

Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico (FPANM) is a nonpartisan public policy organization. FPANM works with local and national allies to encourage civic engagement and promote public policies that protect human life, strengthen families, and preserve our First Amendment rights. More information is available at familypolicyalliance.com.  

For Immediate Release
January 30, 2020

 

 

New Study Finds Marijuana-Related Traffic Fatalities Doubled in Washington State after Legalization

 SANTA FE — Today, a new study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety revealed that the percentage of fatal crashes involving marijuana-impaired drivers more than doubled in Washington since the state legalized marijuana in 2012. The New Mexico Legislature is currently considering legislation that would make New Mexico the 12th state in the country to legalize recreational marijuana.

“Marijuana-impaired driving fatalities are on the rise in states across the nation, and given New Mexico’s existing DUI problem, the Governor and the Legislature must take note,” said Vince Torres, Executive Director of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico. “This study further confirms what we already know—recreational marijuana poses a serious threat to public safety in New Mexico and we should reject the rush to legalize.”

According to the AAA study, the percentage of drivers involved in marijuana-impaired traffic fatalities increased from 8.8 percent (in the five-year period prior to legalization), to 18 percent (in the five-year period after legalization). In Colorado, meanwhile, marijuana-related traffic deaths increased 151 percent following legalization.

“The drugged-driving trend is alarming, to say the least,” added Torres. “While a handful of states are now facing the unintended consequence of recreational pot, we are still in a position to reject this proposal and keep New Mexico from becoming another negative statistic.”

For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with Vince Torres, contact Robert Noland at: 719-308-2822 or media@familypolicyalliance.com.

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 Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico (FPANM) is a nonpartisan public policy organization. FPANM works with local and national allies to encourage civic engagement and promote public policies that protect human life, strengthen families, and preserve our First Amendment rights. More information is available at familypolicyalliance.com.  

 

 

For Immediate Release
January 22, 2020

 

New Mexicans to Gather for Annual “Sanctity of Life Awareness and Unity Day” March and Rally

 SANTA FE — Today, pro-life New Mexicans from across the state will gather in Santa Fe for the annual “Sanctity of Life Awareness and Unity Day” March and Rally. The event is one of the state’s largest pro-life gatherings each year, bringing Christians from all denominations together for a day of unity and prayer.

“We are honored to again be partnering with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe for this important event,” said Vince Torres, Executive Director of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico. “Last year, as Christians, we successfully lobbied to defeat the radical abortion bill, House Bill 51, and dangerous assisted suicide legislation. That was just a first step, however. We must now actively engage and promote legislation that values life and protects the most vulnerable among us, including the elderly, the ill, and the pre-born children of New Mexico.”

An evangelical prayer and worship service will take place at the Capitol Rotunda at 10:30 a.m., followed by a lunch for pastors and legislators. A noontime Mass will be held at the Cathedral Basilica in Downtown Santa Fe, and at 1:15 p.m., all attendees will gather at the Cathedral for the Life March and Rally at the Capitol. For more information, please visit newmexicansforlife.com.

For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with Vince Torres, contact Robert Noland at: 719-308-2822 or media@familypolicyalliance.com.

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 Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico (FPANM) is a nonpartisan public policy organization. FPANM works with local and national allies to encourage civic engagement and promote public policies that protect human life, strengthen families, and preserve our First Amendment rights. More information is available at familypolicyalliance.com.  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2020

New Poll Finds Large Majority of New Mexico Voters Do Not Support Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

 SANTA FE — Today, a poll conducted by Emerson College and released by Smart Approaches to Marijuana found that a large majority of New Mexico voters do not support the full legalization of recreational marijuana. According to the poll:

‪“New Mexico voters recognize that our state is already facing major challenges related to homelessness, crime, drug use, poverty, and mental health,” said Vince Torres, Executive Director of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico. “Therefore, it comes as no surprise that they largely oppose recreational pot which is known to further aggravate these issues.”

The results of the poll counter recent reports from the Governor’s Legalization Working Group suggesting that three out of four New Mexicans support full legalization. Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico formally requested the Working Group’s poll through a public records request. The Governor’s Office and the Group’s Chairman, however, refused to release the documents.

“From the very beginning, the Governor’s Working Group was so set on developing a proposal that would appease the pot industry, that they neglected the data and statistics from other states demonstrating the negative impacts of recreational marijuana on public health and safety,” Torres added. “This poll proves that when New Mexicans are made aware of these harms, they oppose legalization. In the coming weeks, we will be working hard to make sure that citizens and lawmakers know the facts about recreational pot and the efforts by ‘Big Marijuana’ to conceal the truth.”

For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with Vince Torres, contact Robert Noland at: 719-308-2822 or media@familypolicyalliance.com.

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 Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico (FPANM) is a nonpartisan public policy organization. FPANM works with local and national allies to encourage civic engagement and promote public policies that protect human life, strengthen families, and preserve our First Amendment rights. More information is available at familypolicyalliance.com.  

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 14, 2019

 

Pro-Life Coalition Launches Statewide Petition Opposing Radical Abortion Legislation in 2020

Calls on Governor and Legislature to End Abortion Up-to-Birth and Infanticide

 ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, Right to Life Committee of New Mexico, and New Mexico Alliance for Life launched a statewide petition urging Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Legislature to “protect and uphold the dignity of all people by promoting the sanctity and prosperity of all human life, through all stages of development.” Despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of New Mexicans oppose abortion after 5 months, Governor Lujan Grisham and the sponsors of the defeated bill, House Bill 51, have vowed to bring the legislation back during the January 2020 budget session.

“House Bill 51 exposed the dark realities of abortion in New Mexico, including abortion up-to-birth and infanticide,” said Vince Torres, Executive Director of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico. “The abortion industry will once again be pushing this legislation in 2020 and this petition is just the first step in our efforts to thwart their radical abortion agenda.”

During the 2019 Legislative Session, Democrats and Republicans in the New Mexico Senate soundly defeated House Bill 51 which would have codified abortion up to the moment of birth in state law. The petition calls on the Governor and the Legislature to again reject this legislation and work to address the concerns of most New Mexicans.

“Earlier this year, the people of New Mexico rose up and demanded that they be heard,” said Ethel Maharg, Executive Director of Right to Life Committee of New Mexico. “In an unprecedented manner, they showed up in the thousands at the State Capitol and lobbied their elected officials to vote for life. As we prepare for the 2020 Legislative Session, we are again calling on all pro-life New Mexicans to speak out by first adding their name to this important petition.”

“The vast majority of New Mexicans rejected the radical abortion up-to-birth and infanticide aspects of House Bill 51, in addition to the removal of conscience protections for our state’s health care professionals that would have forced them to participate in abortions,” said Elisa Martinez, Executive Director of New Mexico Alliance for Life. “Governor Lujan Grisham can try to strong arm legislators for next year’s session, but the people of New Mexico are ready now more than ever to fight back.”

The pro-life petition is available at newmexicansforlife.com.

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For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with Vince Torres, contact Robert Noland at: 719-308-2822 or media@familypolicyalliance.com.

Family Policy of New Mexico works to advance citizenship and promote good public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life. More information is available at familypolicyalliance.com/newmexico/about-us.

The sprint that is otherwise known as the New Mexico legislative session is now two-thirds done. Thank you for continuing to speak up to legislators.

Despite the Governor signing the radical abortion bill, there are critical issues that remain! Here are some of the most important – and what you can do about them:

Assisted Suicide

This dangerous bill would give the state’s approval to some suicides and, for the first time, turn our doctors into life-takers. But despite its radical nature, it has passed the House and the first Senate committee. Now it is on its way to perhaps its most critical vote – in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Will you take action to stop it?

Recreational Pot 

 On Friday, the Recreational Marijuana bill passed the House, 39-31. Now, it is headed to the Senate Tax, Business, and Transportation Committee.

Consider these facts:

Take Action Now: Take a few moments to send a message to the entire Senate committee that is about to hear this bill.

Human Trafficking

Here is some good news: Last Friday, the Sex Offender & Human Trafficking Changes Bill passed the House nearly unanimously and will soon be heard in Senate committees. This bill makes needed changes to clamp down on the major problem of sex trafficking in New Mexico.

For our kids and grandkids,

The Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico Team

SANTA FE –Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, along with a unique and unlikely coalition that includes our national ally Family Policy Alliance, a self-described radical feminist group Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF), D.C.-based The Heritage Foundation, our sister state organization Minnesota Family Council, and two parent groups who have children or loved ones struggling with gender confusion, have released the first-ever Gender Resource Guide for parents on how to navigate the transgender issue with their children.


The Guide is endorsed by medical professionals—including those who are experts in gender dysphoria, individuals who have lived as the opposite sex and “de-transitioned,” faith leaders, national policy experts, and more.


Statement from Vince Torres, President of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico
supporting the Gender Resource Guide:


“At Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, we are working hard to preserve parental rights and protect children from the dangers of the transgender trend. As such, we are proud to partner with these liberal and conservative groups, and medical experts to make this complimentary resource available to New Mexico parents. The ‘Parent Resource Guide’ will help you understand the transgender trend and its consequences, and provide you with information on how you can communicate with school leaders, advocate for common sense policies, and act with compassion and understanding. I encourage every parent to download and share this valuable resource with others.”


With powerful lobbying groups, teachers’ unions, school boards and school administrators pushing policies that mandate the inclusion of transgender ideology in curriculum, athletics, grammar, and even basic bathroom and locker room privacy, parents need somewhere to turn.

 

The Gender Resource Guide is available for download at GenderResourceGuide.com.

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For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with Vince Torres, contact Robert Noland at: 719-308-2822 or
media@familypolicyalliance.com.

 

Family Policy of New Mexico works to advance citizenship and promote good public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life. More information is available at familypolicyalliance.com/newmexico/about-us.