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N.M. Committee To Consider Decreasing Marijuana Penalties

Posted on  November 29, 2012 by  News Admin

  Legislative Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee To Hear Testimony On Decreasing Penalties for Adults Who Possess Small Amounts of Marijuana DPA: Reducing Marijuana Penalties will Improve Lives, Save Taxpayer's Dollars and Significantly Reduce the Burden on Law Enforcement Resources The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) on Thursday will be testifying to the New Mexico Interim Legislative Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee about the importance of decreasing penalties for adults who possess small amounts of marijuana. DPA is scheduled to present at 10 a.m. in Room 307 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. The proposed legislation reduces the penalty structure for possession of up to one ounce to no fine or penalty, and for from two ounces to eight ounces from a misdemeanor to a fine. Currently, in New Mexico, possession of up to eight ounces of marijuana is a misdemeanor that can include large fines and jail time. "Although misdemeanors seem relatively insignificant they are anything but minor," said Dan Abrahamson, director of legal affairs for DPA.  "A misdemeanor can ruin a person's job prospects, affect child custody, access to health care, and have hefty fines that low-income families in New Mexico cannot afford to pay." This proposed legislation is badly needed, according to DPA statistics. There is a common misconception that New Mexico's local law enforcement agencies do not arrest people for marijuana possession, but the data tell a wholly different story. According to the Marijuana Arrest Research Program's analysis of the Uniform Crime Reporting data, in 2010...

Deepak Chopra Joins Movement To End War On Drugs

Posted on  November 29, 2012 by  News Admin

  Becomes Newest Member of Drug Policy Alliance Honorary Board Joins Powerful Group that Includes Former Heads of State, Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, Sting, Russell Simmons, and Former U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Secretary of Defense, U.S. Surgeon General, U.S. Attorney General and Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Physician, bestselling author and global thought leader Deepak Chopra has joined the Honorary Board of the Drug Policy Alliance, the U.S.-based organization that is leading the fight for drug policies grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. The DPA Honorary Board (see below) includes prominent figures from both the left and the right who are renowned for their leadership in the fields of law, health, business, media and politics - from Harry Belafonte, Russell Simmons and Sting to the former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz, Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci, and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker.  Chopra is an Indian-American physician who has sold more than 20 million books worldwide, including 19 New York Times bestsellers. He is a former chief of staff at New England Memorial Hospital who went on to found the Chopra Foundation, the Chopra Center for Well-Being and the American Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. He currently serves as Senior Scientist at the Gallup Organization and as an Adjunct Professor of Executive Programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Chopra wrote passionately in the Huffington Post earlier this year about the moral dimensions of the war on drugs and mass incarceration: "When was the...

N.M. Committee To Consider Decreasing Marijuana Penalties

Posted on  November 28, 2012 by  News Admin

  Legislative Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee To Hear Testimony On Decreasing Penalties for Adults Who Possess Small Amounts of Marijuana DPA: Reducing Marijuana Penalties will Improve Lives, Save Taxpayer's Dollars and Significantly Reduce the Burden on Law Enforcement Resources The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) on Thursday will be testifying to the New Mexico Interim Legislative Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee about the importance of decreasing penalties for adults who possess small amounts of marijuana. DPA is scheduled to present at 10 a.m. in Room 307 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. The proposed legislation reduces the penalty structure for possession of up to one ounce to no fine or penalty, and for from two ounces to eight ounces from a misdemeanor to a fine. Currently, in New Mexico, possession of up to eight ounces of marijuana is a misdemeanor that can include large fines and jail time. "Although misdemeanors seem relatively insignificant they are anything but minor," said Dan Abrahamson, director of legal affairs for DPA.  "A misdemeanor can ruin a person's job prospects, affect child custody, access to health care, and have hefty fines that low-income families in New Mexico cannot afford to pay." This proposed legislation is badly needed, according to DPA statistics. There is a common misconception that New Mexico's local law enforcement agencies do not arrest people for marijuana possession, but the data tell a wholly different story. According to the Marijuana Arrest Research Program's analysis of the Uniform Crime Reporting data, in 2010...