New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamNew Mexico officially replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day GOP rep introduces bill marking Cesar Chavez’s birthday as ‘National Border Control Day’ New Mexico Dems brace for crowded race to succeed Udall MORE (D) this week signed legislation that will decriminalize marijuana.
If a person is caught with less than a half-ounce of marijuana, they will receive a $50 fine and a civil, not criminal, citation, Albuquerque TV station KRQE reported Thursday. Possession of drug paraphernalia will also be a civil, not criminal offense, under the new bill.
This makes New Mexico the 24th state to decriminalize marijuana. The law, signed Wednesday, will reportedly go into effect July 1.
Under the law, a person in possession of a large amount of the drug can still face felony charges.
The New Mexico House passed a…