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A Tale of Two New Mexico Cities: How Albuquerque and Santa Fe Approach the War on Drugs

Emily Kaltenbach, Drug Policy Alliance
Albuquerque, Jul 22, 2016
Bucking the national trend toward progressive reform, the Albuquerque Police Department recently doubled down on its aggressive policing of minor drug offenses. Recently, the department arrested seven men – six of whom were homeless – as part of a reverse drug sting. One man, struggling with homelessness and mental health issues, agreed to trade the jacket off his back in order to pay for $20 worth of crack cocaine. Others traded medication, a cellphone, or a tablet – along with whatever loose change they had on them. All seven now face felony drug charges for possession.

Governor announces new initiative to help female New Mexico veterans

KRQE News 13
Albuquerque, Jul 22, 2016
NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The governor has announced a new initiative to improve services to female New Mexico veterans. Among the goals; to improve health care, job training and education.

Possible excessive force sparks investigations at county jail

Jeff Proctor, New Mexico In Depth
Santa Fe, Jul 22, 2016
Allegations of excessive use of force in two separate instances at Bernalillo County’s Metropolitan Detention Center have sparked internal and criminal investigations, New Mexico In Depth has learned.

Binge Drinking and Cigarette Smoking Down

New Mexico Department of Health
Santa Fe, Jul 22, 2016
The New Mexico Department of Health announced that binge drinking and cigarette smoking is down among New Mexico high school students. Binge drinking (consuming five or more alcoholic drinks on a single occasion in the past 30 days) has fallen by half in the last ten years, from 28.6 percent in 2005 to 14.6 percent in 2015. Current cigarette smoking (smoking cigarettes on at least one of the past 30 days) dropped to 11.4 percent in 2015 from 25.7 percent in 2005.

Colorado town awaits test results of pot ingredient in water

Associated Press
Denver, CO, Jul 22, 2016
HUGO, Colo. (AP) — Bottled water is being distributed to residents of the small Colorado town of Hugo as officials investigate the possibility that a marijuana chemical has contaminated the water supply.

VIDEO: Holly Holm prepares for upcoming fight

Orlando Sanchez, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jul 22, 2016
Holly Holm holds workout in front of hundreds of fans in Chicago. Holm is fighting against Valentina Shevchenko Saturday.

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