Albuquerque Seeks Public Input On Next Police Chief – Associated Press
New Mexico’s largest city is looking for its next police chief and seeking community input as the process moves forward. Albuquerque staff and a specialist hired to help with the search have been meeting with community members and organizations. They’ve also posted a survey online to collect comments. Mayor Tim Keller says the city wants to know what residents would like to see in their next police chief. The city has been dealing with high crime rates and its police force has been working on reforms for years under the guidance of the U.S. Justice Department and a federal monitor.
State Lawmakers Say Virus Shouldn’t Delay Their Work – Associated Press
Leading Democratic lawmakers are pressing forward with efforts to begin a legislative session in January 2021, as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies and members of a legislative committee were warned of possible exposure to COVID-19 from an individual who tested positive after attending a hearing in the Statehouse. Some Republican lawmakers have suggested the session be postponed until the public can safely attend hearings in-person. New Mexico, California, Oregon, Michigan and Washington state have announced renewed efforts to combat the coronavirus as more than 11 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the United States.
Panel Recommends Higher Purchase Limits For Medical Cannabis – Associated Press
A panel of doctors and other health care professionals is recommending increasing the amount of marijuana that can be purchased by participants in New Mexico’s medical cannabis program. The advisory board voted Monday in favor of nearly doubling the limit to 15 ounces over 90 days. Supporters say that would at least put New Mexico on par with Nevada and Arizona. They noted other states have much higher limits.