Bill Aims to Reduce Marijuana Charges

Bill Aims to Reduce Marijuana Charges

POSTED: Monday, December 3, 2012 - 3:22pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 9:00am

New Mexico may be the next to roll up behind Colorado and the state of Washington in the decriminalization of marijuana. 

The New Mexico Drug Policy Alliance was revising a bill open to legislation that would impose no penalty for possession for an ounce or less of marijuana. But those circumstances may change in their revision efforts. 

The original proposed bill stated that possession of one to eight ounces there would be a civil - not criminal - monetary fine. Possession of any amount over eight ounces would be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.

"People in Colorado have already shown that the general population are way ahead of the politicians," said Sen. Cisco McSorley (D-Albuquerque). "The general population is sick and tired of this wasteful federal program we call the 'War on Drugs.'"

Lawmakers on the committee had a lot of questions about conflicts with federal law which still classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 prohibited narcotic.

New Mexico and 17 other states have already legalized medical marijuana. 

Tune in to News Channel 9 at 5, 6 and 10 to hear from officials on the issue. 

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