Matthew Ellis supports a program called MARIA—Minds and Resources in Action, energy philosopher Miro Kovacevich’s plan to bring $21 billion in government funds to New Mexico’s labs to kick-start the renewable energy economy. Ellis and Kovacevich make up Vivilux Institution and host the new radio show, Venus Transit Authority.
As the program finally becomes a reality, the Great New Mexico Marijuana Experiment reignites a debate about pot use and drug culture that has raged for decades.
“Having that conversation out there in the open, having the issue discussed on FOX, on CNN, is shedding a light on the destruction of the Drug War in the United States,” Julie Roberts, policy coordinator with Drug Policy Alliance New Mexico, says. “It really crosses class lines, racial lines, gender lines and is impacting a huge proportion of Americans. I think that having these dialogues will hopefully change public perceptions in the months and years to come.”