Reforms like the ones recently passed in Maryland and New Mexico offer a better long-term fix than the conviction of one police officer.
Joe Biden, meanwhile, supports continued national prohibition, maintaining an untenable conflict between state and federal laws.
New Mexico could be the 16th state to legalize pot, while Texas considers tinkering with its onerous penalties and Pennsylvania continues to arrest cannabis consumers.
They need not wait for the Supreme Court or Congress to restrict or abolish qualified immunity.
New Mexico Could Be the Third State To Authorize Lawsuits Against Abusive Cops Without Qualified Immunity
A bill approved by the state House would let people sue government officials for violating rights protected by the state constitution.
A year into the pandemic, politicians still have not digested the dangers of careless public health measures.
By arbitrarily foreclosing relatively safe social and recreational options, politicians encourage defiance, resentment, and riskier substitutes.
The Santa Fe Historic Districts Review Board refused to grant an exception to its height limits to accommodate a seven-sided keep.
Another Round of Coronavirus Lockdowns Might Be Coming. They'll Be Far Less Enforceable Than Before.
Plus: Albuquerque police will no longer respond to some 911 calls, the Federal Reserve creates a perverse incentive for corporations to borrow more heavily, and more...
New Mexico Medical Marijuana Supplier Wins First Amendment Challenge to the State Fair's Absurdly Broad Censorship
The overturned rules banned microscopes and shovels as drug paraphernalia and prohibited pictures of cannabis or the equipment used to grow it.
Outraged by that video of freelance border guards detaining migrant families? Wait til you find out what the official border cops have been up to...
Advocates say the paraphernalia measures in the bill will inspire more drug users to seek help.
New Mexico is on track to become the 11th legalization state.
Following the lead of their rebellious constituents, local officials say they won't enforce despised rules.
For once, a government agency's gaffe didn't do any real harm.
The libertarian Republican explains why New Mexico's voting change is "primarily a scheme to unfairly benefit the major party establishments."
More New Mexico Republicans favor the Libertarian than their own candidate for U.S. Senate.
A new ruling says the city's civil forfeiture program violates the right to due process.
Federal Judge Rules That Albuquerque's Asset Forfeiture Created an Unconstitutional Profit Incentive
"There is a realistic possibility that forfeiture officials' judgement will be distorted by the prospect of institutional gain."
Aubrey Dunn, the highest-ranking Libertarian elected official in the country, drops out of the New Mexico Senate race to make way for a two-time governor/presidential candidate who five months ago said he was "done with elected political office."
The former New Mexico governor got nearly 10 percent of the presidential vote there as a Libertarian in 2016 and has recently said Libertarians need "a success story."
Albuquerque tried to ignore strict new state reforms and keep seizing cars, but then it messed with the wrong person.
Want to go straight into the job market? No diploma for you.
During PBS debate with Green Party candidate Jill Stein, the Libertarian candidate shows his fangs.
The governor of New Mexico uses emotional response to call for new executions.
What happens when we give the government authority to decide what gender means.
But the Libertarian presidential candidate fails to recall "egregious police shootings" while he was governor of New Mexico.
Feds don't wear body cameras.
Albuquerque continues snatching and selling cars through civil, not criminal, program.
And what's the downside?
DA who filed first degree charges was removed for the appearance of a conflict of interest.
Civil forfeiture tactics are increasingly making the news.