Jacob Candelaria

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MAKING A SUCCESSFUL CLAIM FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS IN YOUR NM WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CASE - Candelaria
06/10/2021
MAKING A SUCCESSFUL CLAIM FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS IN YOUR NM WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CASE - Candelaria

MAKING A SUCCESSFUL CLAIM FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS IN YOUR NM WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CASE - Candelaria

New Mexico is one of the few states in the country that requires Workers’ Compensation insurers to pay for medical cannabis to treat a work injury.  This blog post addresses some basic concepts about Workers’ Compensation in New Mexico and things you should know if you are going to submit a cla...

06/10/2021

Happy Pride! We are one of New Mexico’s leading LGBT/Queer-owned law firms. Your fight for justice is why we’re here. Connect with us online to learn more www.jacobcandelaria.com

A huge win for New Mexico’s medical cannabis patients, and for holding government accountable when regulators break the ...
05/16/2021
Judge: New Mexico Medical Cannabis Rules Overstep State Law

A huge win for New Mexico’s medical cannabis patients, and for holding government accountable when regulators break the law and exceed the authority granted to them by the Legislature.

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-mexico/articles/2021-05-05/judge-new-mexico-medical-cannabis-rules-overstep-state-law

A judge has ruled that the New Mexico Department of Health overstepped intentions for a medical cannabis program by limiting who can get ma*****na in the state.

Applications for the New Mexico small business recovery loan fund are now open! This loan fund offers New Mexico small b...
05/04/2021
Small Business Recovery Loan Fund 2021 | New Mexico Finance Authority

Applications for the New Mexico small business recovery loan fund are now open! This loan fund offers New Mexico small businesses access to very low interest rate loans (below 2%) at very favorable terms (ten year term, no interest first year, interest only for the next two years, no personal guarantee or collateral on first $75,000). Loan proceeds can be used to not only replace lost revenue and recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic, but to also make capital and other investments in your business to build back stronger than ever. Apply now: https://www.nmfinance.com/small-business-recovery-loan-fund-2021/

Small Business Recovery Loan Fund 2021 The Small Business Recovery Loan Fund application will open at noon on May 4, 2021 and be open until May 31, 2022. See below for more information. ProgramsOverview Public Infrastructure & Capital Financing Business Financing Smart Money Business Loan Participat...

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04/22/2021

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Happy Earth Day from #NewMexicoTrue! ❤️ 🌎

The ABQ Journal editorial board does not even try to hide its racial bias anymore. They’re quick to proclaim a Mountain ...
04/18/2021
OPINION | Editorial: Mountain coaster exciting prospect

The ABQ Journal editorial board does not even try to hide its racial bias anymore.

They’re quick to proclaim a Mountain roller coaster a great idea, but call the #westside Route 66 Visitors center to celebrate our Burque [email protected]/lowrider culture a “boondoggle.”

This is what RACIAL BIAS in economic development looks like.

https://www.abqjournal.com/2381167/mountain-coaster-exciting-prospect.html

OPINION | Phoenix has the Desert Storm Roller Coaster. Denver has The Cyclone. And Albuquerque has the New Mex ...

04/15/2021

Attorney general 2022? We’re inviting you to join this conversation as my family considers this race.

“We all remember Schoolhouse Rock and it taught us a very important lesson,” Candelaria said. “It is the legislature, th...
04/13/2021
Governor and lawmakers in spat over who decides to spend COVID-19 relief money

“We all remember Schoolhouse Rock and it taught us a very important lesson,” Candelaria said. “It is the legislature, the people's representatives who hold the power to tax and spend. I don't think any of us live in a society where one person, one person alone can decide how much you are taxed and how that money is spent.”

https://www.koat.com/article/governor-and-lawmakers-in-spat-over-who-decides-to-spend-covid-19-relief-money/36100059

Governor vetoed the use of $1.6 billion that was appropriated by legislators

While Candelaria was speaking out against SB 340 on the Senate floor, he emotionally disclosed that he uses medical cann...
03/31/2021
NM Ethics Commission dismisses ethics complaint by DOH secretary against state senator

While Candelaria was speaking out against SB 340 on the Senate floor, he emotionally disclosed that he uses medical cannabis to combat symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which is a result of him being r***d as a child.

Candelaria called the allegation from Collins a “malicious, bad faith ethics complaint” and said that he plans to sue the department for defamation. He also accused Collins of trying to “manipulate a moment” when he was speaking about his personal struggles with sexual assault and how cannabis helps his PTSD symptoms.

“I find that behavior disgusting,” Candelaria said of the ethics complaint.

https://nmpoliticalreport.com/2021/03/31/nm-ethics-commission-dismisses-ethics-complaint-by-doh-secretary-against-state-senator/?fbclid=IwAR2djtTUsYg9HDPz8szuHJKP75s8L8j8xsM_tJFJ403Y3fWOkI2vWPKzrHc

The New Mexico Ethics Commission effectively dismissed a complaint filed by a state cabinet secretary against a state senator.  In a letter to New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Tracie …

03/25/2021

My annual Session letter to the families of the 26th District:

March 24, 2021

Dear Neighbor,

Sometimes, ten years is worth the wait.

After ten long years, the proposal to increase distributions from our state’s $22 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund for early childhood and K-12 education will finally go to the voters. I am ecstatic that my amendment to move this initiative forward—after all of these years and countless hours of negotiations—was accepted by my colleagues in the Legislature. Because of its passage, you will now have the opportunity to vote on this measure in November of 2022, for our children.

That was big. But there was so much more.

Representing the families of Albuquerque’s Westside, this session I focused on our economic recovery from the COVID pandemic. Here are some of the bills that I was honored to sponsor:

● Senate Bill 1: This bill has already been signed into law. With families hurting now, Senate Bill 1 provides working families with an additional, $600 emergency income tax credit. It also allows certain restaurants and bars to keep their gross receipts taxes for a part of this year to help their bottom lines rebound.

● Senate Bill 2: Senate Bill 2 helps bars and restaurants right now, by waiving liquor license fees for all of 2021. That will help thousands of small businesses throughout the state, as well as on Albuquerque’s Westside.

● Senate Bill 3: This bill extends the Small Business Recovery and Act of 2020 and increases funding to $500 million for loans to New Mexico small businesses impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and economic shutdown.

● House Bill 291: This bill rights so many wrongs in our tax system. It dramatically expands the Low Income Tax Credit and the Working Families Tax Credit, which will put tens of millions of dollars directly into the pockets of working families across our state.

Not every good action I took, or moment of moral leadership I was called to deliver, was related to a bill passing.

Just hours before the legislative session ended on March 20, there was an incident on the floor of the Senate. A Senator bullied our esteemed Senate Pro Tem, Senator Mimi Stewart, with an abusive and completely inappropriate line of questioning. I stepped in quickly, as she would have done for me, and moved the Senate into an unprecedented emergency recess to end the abuse and to preserve the decorum of your Senate. The antiquated culture of the legislature must change, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to do just that. Our Senate, and the policies we put forth, will improve because of it.

Above all, my focus remains on improving the quality of life for Westside families. Days ago, the City of Albuquerque completed its purchase of the Poole Property, preserving that open space for the public for generations to come. When we started, many said the project was impossible. But we came together as a community and changed the face of Albuquerque’s west side for the better.

Building on that success, this session I appropriated over $2 million in capital outlay funds for other transformative Westside public infrastructure projects, including the Route 66 Visitor Center, completing construction of the Joan Jones Community Center, and renovation of the Ladera Golf Course.

I always welcome your thoughts, questions, and concerns. We are moving toward a special legislative session as well as our regular interim legislative process. You can always reach me at 505-847-4079 or at jacob .[email protected].

I thank you for your continued support and engagement.

Yours, in service,
Jacob

03/19/2021

Santa Fe coming to life! Update from Santa Fe: early childhood conditional amendment passes senate; tonight senate takes up paid sick leave and cannabis legalization.

03/19/2021
To the people of New Mexico:The choice is now in your hands.Our kids ARE worth the investment. https://www.abqjournal.co...
03/18/2021
Proposed childhood amendment clears Senate in landmark vote

To the people of New Mexico:

The choice is now in your hands.

Our kids ARE worth the investment.

https://www.abqjournal.com/2371228/proposed-childhood-amendment-clears-senate-in-landmark-vote.html?amp=1#click=https://t.co/R8UsywX8ED

SANTA FE — The decade-long campaign to pull more money out of New Mexico's largest permanent fund is on track to move from the Roundhouse to the ballot box. The state Senate on Thursday adopted…

“I have never seen a budget that does more for working families than this budget,” said Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuque...
03/18/2021
Senate passes $7.4 billion budget bill on 29-13 vote

“I have never seen a budget that does more for working families than this budget,” said Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque.

https://www.abqjournal.com/2370864/senate-passes-7-4-billion-budget-bill-on-29-13-vote.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR1rMFyYaTEMUQIm0wwxGkACNRlxqM5YzCgXfwpj6rpZFnDypL0YN7Nw9H8#Echobox=1616026480

SANTA FE -- After a lengthy debate, the Senate voted 29-13 on Wednesday to approve a revised $7.4 billion spending plan that would tap federal stimulus money to replenish New Mexico's unemployment fund and provide…

“The broader spending, he said, is necessary to ensure the academic gains children make in prekindergarten and other ear...
03/16/2021
Senate to consider extra 1.25% from permanent fund

“The broader spending, he said, is necessary to ensure the academic gains children make in prekindergarten and other early childhood programs is sustained into elementary, middle and high school.

“We cannot leave any child at any point of their development out of this conversation,” Candelaria said.”

https://www.abqjournal.com/2370235/senate-to-consider-extra-1-25-from-permanent-fund.html?amp=1

SANTA FE — A revised plan to expand early childhood education by tapping more heavily into New Mexico's largest permanent fund is headed to the Senate floor — the potential tipping point after a 10-year…

“I have full confidence that the Senate will get a bill back to the House; with some amendments but in more than enough ...
03/07/2021
Down to the wire for cannabis legalization

“I have full confidence that the Senate will get a bill back to the House; with some amendments but in more than enough time to get this bill to the governor’s desk,” Candelaria told the Journal. “Thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity are on the line.”

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.abqjournal.com/2366920/down-to-the-wire-for-cannabis-legalization.html/amp

Competing measures still face multiple obstacles on path to governor's desk

03/05/2021
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VACCINES FOR VETERANS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ray Seva
Public Information Officer
[email protected]
(505) 362-6089 mobile phone
www.nmdvs.org


March 5, 2021

New Mexico’s Veterans Encouraged to Enroll In Both the VA and DOH COVID-19 Vaccine Programs


SANTA FE--“We are asking New Mexico’s veterans to register for both the New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico VA Health Care System vaccine programs.”

This is one of the key points made today by New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) Healthcare Program Director Jemia Warner in a live Facebook discussion hosted by DVS to talk about the availability and procedures for veterans to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Joining director Warner in the discussion were New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS) Director Andrew Welch, NMVAHCS Chief Nurse Cassandra Valdez, NMVAHCS Vaccine Coordinator Dr. Deidre Hofinger, and New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Communications Director Matt Bieber.

In the discussion, DVS Healthcare Director Warner pointed out that veterans in New Mexico have these two state and federal vaccine program options available to them. But she, along with NMDOH Communications Director Bieber, and NMVACS Director Welch, emphasized that veterans must register if they want to use either program.

Veterans who choose to go with the NMVAHCS must also be signed up for VA health care.

NMDOH Vaccine Program
The NMDOH vaccine program, said Bieber, offers the Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and are available for all registered New Mexicans through a phased-in process for the following registered population segments:
· Hospital personnel
· residents/staff of long-term care facilities
· medical first responders
· congregate-setting workers & residents in:
o homeless shelters, correctional facilities, residential treatment centers, community homes
· people providing direct medical/other in-person services
· home-based healthcare and hospice workers
· anyone 75 years old or older
· anyone 16 years old or older at risk of COVID complications

Registration by anyone in these eligible groups can be done online at https://vaccinenm.org. NMDOH will then notify you when a vaccine will be available for you in your area. The rest of the population is being phased in as quickly as possible, said Bieber.

“All three vaccines have been tremendously effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths nationwide,” he said. “So DOH is encouraging veterans to accept the first vaccine offered to them.”

According to Bieber, there are also vaccines available through private institutions not affiliated with NMDOH or VA and have their own vaccine protocols.

NMVAHCS
The NMVAHCS is offering the Pfizer vaccine, and has begun receiving shipments of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which will be quickly incorporated it into its vaccine supply.

Veterans who are already enrolled in VA health care and who choose the NMVAHCS vaccine program must register for an appointment by calling (505) 265-1711 and then choosing among four available extensions:
· 3915
· 3916
· 2912
· 2917

Veterans can also call the above number to arrange for enrollment into the VA health care system.

As with the NMDOH procedure, the NMVAHCS will contact the pre-registered veteran when their vaccine is ready. Veterans 50-years of age and older, and those with COVID risk factors are currently being vaccinated—with a phase-in of the rest of the veteran population to follow once a large segment of this group is vaccinated.

The bulk of the vaccines are being administered at the Albuquerque Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center---via a drive-through clinic at a temporary “Camp Murphy Tent Hospital” established outside the main hospital building.

“We found that this drive-through system has been a very safe, very organized way to vaccinate our patients,” said NMVAHCS Director Welch. “It is the best way to keep everyone spaced at safe distances. We may revisit this policy in the future—but for now, this is the system we prefer.”

Director Welch also said that the 13 NMVAHCS-managed CBOCs have begun to receive vaccines—but that veterans must call the previously-mentioned main number to make an appointment.

The NMVAHCS will then notify these veterans when their vaccine will be ready for them at their closest CBOC from among the following CBOCs in: Alamogordo, Artesia, Española, Farmington, Gallup, Las Vegas, Raton, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Silver City, Taos, Truth or Consequences, or Durango (Colorado).

The following three CBOC’s are not managed by the NMVAHCS: Clovis (under the jurisdiction of the Amarillo, TX VA Medical Center), Hobbs (Big Spring, TX), and Las Cruces (El Paso VA Medical Center). Veterans who call the main NMVAHCS number will be referred to those VA health care systems.

“Again, we strongly encourage New Mexico’s veterans to register with both the DOH and New Mexico VA vaccine programs,” said DVS Health Care Director Warner. “But when you are contacted by one program, we ask that you then call the other one to take your name off that list…so that a spot can open for someone else

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I want to thank you for turning your back on law enforcement with your vote for HB4. I want to thank you for making New Mexico even more dangerous as if you think police are going to proactive then you're wrong. I know really good police officers that wouldn't violate your rights for any reason, and can guarantee they are not going to do anything unless forced to because people will sue just because. Just watch the "auditors" on YouTube But I look forward to NM becoming an even more worse place to live as you just gave criminals the golden ticket they needed. Not that I would have expected anything less.
Sir, you need to brush up on your science. While our faith says life begins at conception, so does science. Look it up. Do some research before you continue to embarrass yourself. The majority of Americans object to the outrageous way we continue to violently kill our children in the womb. Man up. Grab some courage and do the right thing. Someone's children will thank you.
I am calling on you as a member of the NM Legislation to introduce, support legislation that will limit a NM Governors authority under Emergency Situations. NM is seeing the lowest COVID numbers that we have seen since October, yet the governor extended her order to continue to restrict restaurants, entertainment, tourism, and other small business. All areas essential to economics in NM. It is vital that you as one of our elected officials step in and get this poverty stricken state back on a viable economic track before crime and poverty completely ruin this beautiful Land of Enchantment.
New Mexico Constituents, Politicians, Representatives, Public Servants, Journalists are upset because a mother fights for the human and civil rights of her disabled son. Constituents are further upset because said mother and son took their pain and fought for relief for the injustices committed by the State of New Mexico upon ALL Constituents in the scope of their fight and cause. New Mexico abandons their own due to lack of CAJONES.... #TuSabes #NMTRUE #IStandWithTishaBrick
You know, Senator, it is said, "Better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." You called the peaceful protesters in Santa Fe on 10/24 "rioters." So, many buildings were burned? Vehicles torched? Vehicles overturned? Windows smashed? Businesses looted? For your benefit, here is the definition of "rioter." One of a group of people who meet in a public place and behave in a noisy, violent, and uncontrolled way, often as a protest: Police and rioters clashed violently. She watched rioters setting fire to the vehicles. And did you raise the same concerns regarding masks and social distancing when George Floyd protesters took to the streets of Albuquerque?
The people of this Senate District deserve a Senator who puts them first and one who puts this state first ahead of all else, instead of exploiting it in a pandemic like this and jeopardizing a program created for New Mexicans. "Ultra Health’s attorney, Jacob Candelaria, who is also a Democratic state senator"
Thanks for working to ensure SB 57 passed the Legislature to aid struggling families and reduce needless shelter animal euthanasia: 🐹🐹🐹🐹
Thank you Senator Candelaria for your hard work on SB57. All our 4 legged furbearers say thank you also💖😻
“Medical cannabis, in a non-smokable form, may be administered to a qualified patient who is enrolled in school, at the school of enrollment, by school personnel, if a school has a policy in place for allowing administration of medication at school.” https://www.facebook.com/speaklife420/posts/1022033111484812
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