The fight is on to keep medical marijuana users from owning or carrying guns at the same time that felons are regaining their rights to do so. The media is running with this story but they are zeroing in only on the ailing pot smokers. The smokers are automatically outed on their use by having a prescription from a Doctor. Maybe we could insist that anyone on alcohol, painkillers, anti-depressants, steroids, and other legal drugs also be treated like this. Sure, there is a law or two that says it is illegal to use a firearm while under the influence of these drugs, but does it ban ownership or carrying when not under the influence?
The first wake up call for our congressional delegation and city leaders has come as the Office of Inspector General has started looking at cost savings at our National Labs. Sandia Labs and Los Alamos National Labs rake in the dough here and if spending is cut or consolidations are enacted we will feel the pain in a big way. This state has a group that exists to protect military installations from cuts. Maybe we need one to protect the labs and push for new and stronger basic research missions other than nuclear weapons. Lets see if the Governor can get off her rightwing soap box and start something that will actually help save good paying jobs. Mayor Berry needs to concentrate on this too. Some leadership is required here. There is nothing more important to work on right now.