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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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: