Medical Marijuana Policy Causes Controversy In Hobbs

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

HOBBS, NEW MEXICO - Patients in Hobbs who smoke medical marijuana can now do so without fear of federal prosecution.

"I don't think it's a bad thing, we need to focus on meth and other drugs," Hobbs Resident, Casey Strasner said.

President Obama signed a new policy stating a hands-off approach on prosecuting people who use or distribute medical marijuana, but local authorities in Hobbs don't agree with it.

"I think that it's just asking for big time abuse. We hear reports of people buying for medical purpose and then roll their own and sell it to public and sell to kids," Chief J.D. Sanders said.

Some residents feel the federal move was a good thing.

"As a medical issue it's a good thing. I've never heard about anyone killing someone while under the influence of marijuana, I think it's okay," Strasner said.

Chief Sanders says there is no way of finding out if there are medical marijuana distributors in Hobbs; the only way they find out is by word of mouth.

"We have a closer eye on it here in a small town, but anything you have that's out there that's forbidden is going to make it a target," Sanders said.