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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...

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...