Lesser marijuana possession penalties proposed

Posted at: 02/07/2013 4:31 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque lawmaker proposes lessening penalties for possession of marijuana in New Mexico.
    
Democratic Rep. Emily Kane, who is a firefighter, introduced a measure Thursday to impose civil penalty fines on adults convicted a first time of possessing up to four ounces of marijuana. Possible jail time would be eliminated for having up to eight ounces.
    
It's a petty misdemeanor currently to have up to an ounce of marijuana. That's punishable by six months in jail. It's a misdemeanor - with up to a year in jail - to possess more than an ounce and up to a half pound.
    
Democratic Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino of Albuquerque is proposing to have a state agency study marijuana legalization, including how much money would be collected if New Mexico taxed it.

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