US Border Patrol warns marijuana possession remains illegal at all checkpoints

EL PASO, TEXAS – The U.S. Border Patrol El Paso Sector is reminding people that, while New Mexico law allows recreational marijuana use, federal law does not.

Border Patrol issued a statement Tuesday reiterating how, under federal law, marijuana is still classified as a prohibited drug.

Agents plan to continue enforcing the law against anyone found to be possessing marijuana at a checkpoint, including in New Mexico.

Border Patrol agents have drug enforcement authority under Title 21 of the U.S. Code.