PTL!!! Hallelujah!! The Pot Bill is Dead! Thank the Lord! Thank you Team Jesus for praying!!! I thank all who have spoken out about this evil. I want to thank Chuck Akeley who wrote an article about the evils of pot months ago here at FGGAM! Many have read Chuck’s post and we know it helped get the word out! God Bless you Chuck!
For years FGGAM has spoken out about the evils of pot and we will continue to stand in the gap for God on this issue. Thank you Team Jesus for your prayers against evil! Thank you New Mexico Watchman Jose Vasquez and Vince Torres of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico for all your hard work!!! You two are so very outstanding! Men of God!!! PTL!!!
THANK THE LORD FOR ALL THOSE LEGISLATORS WHO VOTED NO!
From the NM House GOP:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (video link attached) https://www.dropbox.com/transfer/AAAAAHUei8x7YzXa5hwSHtz638_X0wV2XA972az7yLHt3p2VDz7tyNg
House GOP Leader delivers faith-based letters opposing Governor’s marijuana legalization bill
Santa Fe, NM- House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (R-Artesia) delivered several letters from New Mexico faith leaders to Governor Lujan Grisham concerning their opposition to the push by her administration to legalize recreational marijuana. Leader Townsend additionally delivered the letters package to Senator Cervantes, chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee. The letters represent the many New Mexican faith-based groups that stand in opposition to Senate Bill 115, the Cannabis Regulation Act sponsored by Senator Ortiz y Pino (D-Albuquerque), Representative Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque), and Senator Jacob Candelaria (D-Albuquerque).
“Today I am delivering letters from faith-based organizations representing the vast majority of New Mexicans from across the state regarding the Governor’s marijuana bill. We have letters from the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Mormon community, the Baptists, as well as many other advocacy groups.” said House Republican Leader Jim Townsend, “I sincerely hope that the Governor will take the time to read these and understand the issues before New Mexicans. I also have a poll that was conducted earlier this year, that gives a broad spectrum of review from New Mexicans. According to the poll, of 930 voters across New Mexico recently 42% supported keeping the status quo of marijuana decriminalization and legal medical marijuana. So, this package clearly represents the values of New Mexicans and we ask the Governor to consider it in her decision making.” **Leader Townsend comment is direct quote from video clip attached**
I Just got this email! NOT GOOD! FREEDOM OF THE PRESS!! This session also has seen House Speaker Brian Egolf end Pastors doing the invocation before the session starts each day! I have spent much of my life in news, starting in 1978 at the Minnesota State News Network, FREEDOM OF THE PRESS!!! TRANSPARENCY!!! We deserve to know! Too much monkey business going on at the Roundhouse!
SPJ RIO GRANDE STANDS BY EVICTED REPORTER
The operative word in public information is “public.”
KRQE journalist Rachel Knapp was doing her job of reporting public information about public legislative proceedings when she was kicked out of a Senate committee meeting on Feb. 8. SPJ Rio Grande strongly believes all legislative proceedings must be open to the public, including the news media.
Some legislators cited a little-known and little-used exception to New Mexico Legislature transparency policies to exclude Knapp from covering the proceedings. She was not only asked to turn her camera off, she was asked to leave this public meeting, which was also a denial of her right to be there as a member of the public and a constituent.
SPJ Rio Grande joins NMFOG in supporting Senate Resolution 2 – a bill sponsored by Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D-Las Cruces) – to allow the public to record video and audio without having to get permission.
– This statement from the SPJ Rio Grande board was sent to members of the NM Legislature. Feel free to copy it and send it along as well.
Past Post from NM Watchman Jose Vasquez on Feb. 3rd:
Legalized pot is all about the MONEY for the state and peoples pockets, it is not about the well-being of people and the future of our children. Money rules in this world we live in, not whats best for God’s people!
People of God, you must take to your knees during this session.
I wonder how many POT HEADS are driving in New Mexico today?
How many in New Mexico are driving drunk? or drunk at home, or at the bar?
How many ABORTIONS in New Mexico today?
How many children are being abused today in New Mexico?
How many children are hungry today in New Mexico?
How many children are homeless in New Mexico?
How many are high on drugs in New Mexico today?
How many violent crimes will be committed in New Mexico today?
Where is the moral code for New Mexico?
Where are The Ten Commandments placed and upheld in New Mexico?
Are we a state of DEATH?
From July 23rd of 2019 from Chuck Akeley of Albuquerque:
“Legalization” Of Marijuana In New Mexico – Is This Really A Good Idea?
In our country and yes, our state, it has become almost fashionable to support the growth and use of marijuana, whether for medicinal use or recreational use. So much so, that even our state executive and many legislators consider government sanctioned and controlled distribution of marijuana to be a worthy effort as means to acquire tax dollars. Let’s consider some of the well-established issues facing New Mexico. For many years, we’ve been rated at the bottom or almost the bottom for quality of education, children living in poverty, drug use (e.g., opioid use), drug trafficking (I-40, I-10, I-25 and the southern border corridors) and DWI offenders (including the associated deaths). Is there really wisdom in enhancing these issues by creating a culture of “legalized” use of marijuana here in New Mexico?
A wise man once told me that if you have any doubt as to whether to do or say something, then ask yourself, would you look to Jesus and say “Lord, I do this thing as unto You” or “Lord, I give You thanks for this which I am about to do.” If the answer is no, then why are you doing it? Would you ask Jesus to bless your firing up of a joint or bowl or eating of a laced edible so that you would experience a high? The scripture says we should seek His wisdom. According to Proverbs 4:7, “[w]isdom is the principal thing; [t]herefore get wisdom [NKJV].” Ephesians 5:15-21 instructs us to walk in wisdom: “[s]ee then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ [NKJV].” Just because we CAN do something doesn’t necessarily mean we SHOULD do something.
My background includes a few years as a Special Agent with the USAF Office of Special Investigations, during which much of the training involved drug enforcement. I spent the first year after completing the initial academy leading the Travis AFB, CA Joint Drug Enforcement Team and subsequently worked for several years at Holloman AFB, NM participating in drug enforcement operations with the other agents. Once you have strapped on the equipment and executed a few warrants, you tend to develop a very different perspective about “low level drug use,” as the small amounts of drugs came from someone who was probably not your next door neighbor, and that person’s drugs came from a trafficker – a very dangerous person. The perspective that I’m not hurting anyone is a big lie. It is not surprising to me that the military and local or state police have had to lower standards in order to acquire acceptable cadets. Today, our children and youth often do things as a result of cultural or peer influences which can devastate future employment opportunities. How much worse it is when our children’s parents are the ones modeling this behavior? I thank God that our Lord is forgiving and merciful, and am reminded that we are called to forgive others and to help guide our friends, family and others unto salvation and into their God-given destiny!
It’s interesting to hear discussions about “legalizing” recreational use of marijuana at the state level. If a state allows something that is forbidden at the federal level, it is not really legal, but what is happening is that the federal government has elected, as a matter of enforcement discretion, to refrain from seeking prosecution under certain circumstances and the state has elected to ignore existing federal code or statutes. The federal Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”), 21 USC 812, establishes five schedules of controlled substances, identified as Schedules I, II, III, IV and V. Schedule I lists substances that have been determined to have: 1) a high potential for abuse; 2) no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States; and 3) a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or substance under medical supervision. The psychoactive substance in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”), remains to this day a listed Schedule I substance. Because of this, many states have struggled with the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana and declare legality, when in point of fact, what is occurring is simply enforcement discretion at the federal level and a glaring lack of willingness of the federal government to take a solid position one way or the other.
There is MUCH remaining to be said about this issue, including the increasing levels of THC in modern-grown marijuana plants provided by dispensaries and technologically-advanced illicit grows, the lack of clear means for law enforcement to easily determine the degree of driving impairment compared to determining alcohol impairment, the effect that such has or may have on us developmentally, mentally and physically, the wisdom and procedure for assuring sound regulatory controls at the federal and state level – and assuming this issue isn’t going away quickly, the spiritual implications of encouraging, yet another mind altering substance for use by our residents, demonstrating yet again, the wisdom of man in the face of the wisdom of God.
Father, in the name of Jesus, I ask that You would speak to the hearts of those in a position to encourage, allow, regulate and/or spend tax dollars on marijuana matters in our beautiful State of New Mexico (and across this nation). Give us ears to hear and eyes to see what is the will of God. May wisdom guide our discussions and determinations, with a mighty hedge of protection over all who are doing Your will and serving Your people, in light of this challenge. But regardless, help us to always love. Always. Amen.
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