Up until now, those found possessing marijuana in the state of New Mexico have been slapped with huge penalties and also, in some cases depending on the amount of weed found, jail time.
In an act to replace those harsh penalties, the state of New Mexico voted last Thursday to replace penalties including possible jail time for low-level marijuana possession violations with a purely monetary penalty.
Those caught with half-ounce or less will be given a $50 fine, with no court appearances, unless the fine is challenged.
While you might think that the state is becoming pro-active towards the cause, the reason behind the change was due to amount of resources currently being used to prosecute marijuana holders.
According to Democratic Sen. Joseph Cervantes of Las Cruces; “the changes would free up resources for courts, prosecutors and defense attorneys”.
The proposal is now moving to the House of Representatives.