New Mexico Senate Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

New MexicoA proposal to legalize recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older has been passed by the New Mexico’s Senate Rules Committee. The vote on Senate Joint Resolution 5 was 6 to 4.

Although the committee was initially locked in a 5 to 5 vote that was along party lines, with Democrats in support, Republican Senator Ted Barela later changed his vote to pass the bill out of committee. It now moves towards a full Senate vote.

If passed by the state’s Senate, the bill introduced by Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino (D-12-Bernalillo) would then move to the House of Representatives. Its approve in the House would place it on the November general election ballot, giving New Mexico voters final say.

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Legislation to Legalize Cannabis Filed in New Mexico

New Mexico signNew Mexico State Representative Bill McCamley (D-Las Cruces) has prefiled a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would legalize recreational cannabis for those 21 and older.

Under the proposed law (House Bill 75), which is modeled after Colorado’s Amendment 64, those 21 and older would be allowed to possess up to an ounce of cannabis, and cultivate a small amount for personal use. Cannabis retail outlets and cultivation centers would also be legalized.

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New Mexico Senate Passes Bill to Decriminalize Cannabis

New Mexico’snmexico full Senate has passed Senate Bill 383, a proposal to decriminalize cannabis possession. The vote was 21 to 20.

If approved into law, the proposed legislation would make the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, and the possession of any drug paraphernalia, a penalty with a fine of $50 rather than an arrestable misdemeanor as it currently stands. The measure would also takes away the potential for jail time for the possession of up to half  a pound (eight ounces).

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New Mexico Senate Committee Passes Constitutional Amendment to Legalize Cannabis

New Mexico’s Senate Rules Committee passed a proposed constitutional amendment today that would legalize the possession and use of cannabis for recreational purposes.New Mexico sign

The committee passed SJR 2 by a 5 to 4 margin, sending the measure to the Senate Judiciary Committee. If it’s approved by the state’s legislature and not vetoed by the governor, it will be put to a vote of the people later this year.

SJR 2 would make the possession and personal use of cannabis legal for those 21 and older, and would direct the legislature to establish regulations for production, processing, transportation and sales. The legislature would also be tasked with determining taxes and potential possession limits.

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Proposal to Decriminalize Cannabis Filed in New Mexico

By Drug Policy Alliance

Senate Bill 383 would reduce the penalty structure for possession of up to 4 ounces to a civil penalty with increasing fines while taking away the potential for jail time for any amount up to 8 ounces.

SANTA FE, NM — New Mexico State Senator Joseph Cervantes (D-Dona Ana County) has introducednm a bill to reduce penalties for adults who possess small amounts of marijuana.

The proposed legislation, Senate Bill 383, would reduce the penalty structure for possession of up to 4 ounces to a civil penalty with increasing fines while taking away the potential for jail time for any amount up to 8 ounces.

Penalties would be determined based on the quantity of marijuana in possession, and if the offender had been previously cited for marijuana possession: