Rob, the buzzkill

Rob Nikolewski
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Jan 10, 2014 6:41 PM

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog

I’m appearing tonight (Friday, Jan. 10) on “New Mexico In Focus,” the weekly public affairs show broadcast on KNME-TV, the PBS affiliate in Albuquerque at 7 p.m.

One of the topics on the panel discussion hosted by Gene Grant is the potential growth in “pot tourism” now that Colorado has legalized recreational marijuana sales.

Panelists Sophie Martin, an Albuquerque attorney, Dan Foley, a former member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, and Julie Ann Grimm, the editor of the Santa Fe Reporter, and I talked about what may happen in the Rocky Mountain State now that the law has passed.

Some think there could be a big boost in the number of people coming to Colorado and that pot sales will lead to a tax windfall. Already, the state expects to take in $67 million in taxes on marijuana.

But I offer a cautionary note for the long-term.

Here’s the segment:

And here’s a web extra of the panelists talking about how much gay marriage may boost out-of-state visitors to New Mexico and a snarky tweet sent out by former Lt. Governor Diane Denish following the death of a billionaire who made sizeable political contributions during his career:

 

You can watch the entire one-hour program tonight at 7 p.m. and online by clicking here.

Contact Rob Nikolewski at rnikolewski@watchdog.org and follow him on Twitter @robnikolewski