Drug Policy Alliance New Mexico Promoting Comprehensive, Holistic Approach to Drug Issues in New Mexico

Press Release January 30, 2007
Media Contact

Reena Szczepanski at (505) 669-0798 or Tommy McDonald at (646) 335-2242

Drug Policy Alliance New Mexico (DPANM) is working on an ambitious set of reforms this legislative session that will improve the public health and public safety of the citizens of New Mexico.

On the legislative front, DPANM will advocate for five bills in the 2007 New Mexico legislative session, including the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act, which would allow qualified patients suffering from certain illnesses to use marijuana for relief from their symptoms. The Medical marijuana bill (SB 238) and a 911 Good Samaritan bill (SB 200) will be heard before the Senate Public Affairs Committee on Thursday, February 1.

DPANM staff spent the past year meeting with coalitions of community members, treatment providers, families of incarcerated persons, government officials, and nonprofit agency heads to create a comprehensive agenda.

“New Mexico is already a national model of how a state can employ public health measures to address our drug problems and save lives,” said Reena Szczepanski, director of Drug Policy Alliance New Mexico. “We can build upon our successes by continuing to establish policies that promote treatment, education and compassion.”

DPANM will be working on the following drug policy reforms during the 2007 New Mexico Legislative session:

“A comprehensive, holistic approach is the only way we can solve the drug problems in our communities,” Szczepanski said. “We need prevention, treatment, public health, harm reduction and public safety initiatives, working in collaboration. That’s the only way to help New Mexicans stay safe and healthy.

A young woman holds a sign that says "End the Drug War."

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