Senate Bill 383 passed the Senate earlier this month with a bipartisan vote, but the House did not take it up during their session. Pro-marijuana advocates were disappointed that New Mexico’s House chose not to review a bill that would have reduced the punishment for individuals who possessed a substance safer than alcohol.
The bill would have decriminalized the possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana and possession of any drug paraphernalia, making the penalty a fine of $50 not considered a criminal conviction. It would have also taken away the potential for jail time for any amount up to 8 ounces.
Time also ran out for House Bill 120 which would have declared anyone with an extremely small amount of THC per milliliter of blood guilty of driving under the influence — even if the person could prove they were actually not impaired.