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Marijuana decriminalization begins today in ABQ

Marijuana decriminalization begins today in ABQ Web Staff
April 20, 2018 02:53 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The timing probably couldn't have been more coincidental.


The city's new marijuana laws went into effect Friday after being passed by city councilors and signed off on by Mayor Tim Keller. Now, residents caught with an ounce or less of marijuana will only be issued a civil offense, similar to a parking ticket.

City officials say the new ordinance aims to free up police resources.

Marijuana possession still remains a crime under state and federal law, and driving under the influence remains a crime in Albuquerque.

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