An ordinance decriminalizing the possession of personal amounts of marijuana has officially taken effect in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The new law coincidentally (or maybe not!) takes effect on 4/20, the unofficial cannabis holiday (the law officially took effect as the clocks hit midnight MDT). The law taking effect comes a little over two weeks after it was passed by the city council in a 5 to 4 vote, and eight days after it was signed into law by Mayor Tim Keller (D).
Under the new law, the possession of up to an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana is a simple $25 ticket, rather than a misdemeanor punishable by jail time as it was before. The measure was filed by Councilmembers Pat Davi and Isaac Benton.