New Mexico State Policy Alert

Sent: March 12, 2013
From: Dan Riffle
Topic: Removal of penalties/Decriminalization

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Marijuana decriminalization passes in New Mexico House!

Message: 

It was close, but by a vote of 37-33 the New Mexico House passed legislation removing the possibility of jail time for possession of marijuana. Next, the bill will move to the Senate where it will be assigned to a committee. It will then need to win the support of the majority of committee members, then a majority of the full Senate.

Write your senator now in support of marijuana decriminalization!

If it passes in the Senate and is not vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez, HB 465 would make the first offense for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana a civil offense, punishable only by a $50 fine. Possession of one to four ounces would also be punishable by a civil fine of up to $100. Second offenses would be petty misdemeanors subject to double the fine amount, but would still carry no risk of jail time. Possession of four to eight ounces would be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $300.

Please don’t wait – contact your senator now and urge him or her to support HB 465. When you’re done, forward this to your friends and ask them to do the same.