Albuquerque Announces Decriminalized Marijuana
The movement to legalize marijuana worldwide continued last week in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the mayor passed a new law that decriminalizes the plant.
This means that individuals caught with small amounts of marijuana will no longer be subject to criminal offenses. Albuquerque’s Mayor, Tim Keller, officially updated the city’s criminal code last Thursday in New Mexico’s largest city.
This translates officially to that of an ounce of marijuana or less being below the minimum standard to meet criminal possession thresholds. In other words, those who are caught with an ounce of pot or less, even if they don’t have a medical marijuana card, will not be subject to any codes or laws.
This newly passed law goes into effect next week, though, I wouldn’t look for any arrest to be made before then. Santa Fe, one of New Mexico’s smaller cities, has a similar code in place. The city hopes this frees up their police efforts to thwart violent crimes, rather than waste their time on petty pot possession charges. Recently, President Trump paved the way for legalized marijuana, a move that sent some of the top marijuana stocks soaring late Friday.
More and more cities and states are waking up to the fact that marijuana laws are largely depleting the efforts of our police forces to work on resolving violent crimes.
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