Sponsored by State Rep. Emily Kane (D-Albuquerque), House Bill 465 would lower both the classification and punishment for marijuana possession.
Under the bill, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana would result in a $50 fine on the first conviction.
Possession of one to four ounces would result in a $100 fine for a first conviction.
Possession of four to eight ounces would be considered a misdemeanor on first conviction, with a fine of $300.
Possession of more than eight ounces of marijuana would be a fourth-degree felony.
Under New Mexico law, someone convicted of a fourth-degree felony can serve up to 18 months in prison.
Kane has served as a firefighter and paramedic, according to her campaign biography.
She has served as president of the New Mexico Professional Firefighters Association.
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