Patrons attending this week’s 420 Festival in Las Cruces should be aware that the use and possession of marijuana is prohibited at Young Park, and police will conduct frequent patrols of the event.
The use and possession of marijuana is illegal in New Mexico except for those who carry a valid medical marijuana card from the state’s Department of Health. Even so, it is illegal for medical cannabis patients to possess or use marijuana in public.
Rules and regulations of the Medical Cannabis Program state, “It is illegal to possess or use medical cannabis in a public vehicle, on school grounds or property, in the workplace of the patient or primary caregiver, or at a public park, recreation center, youth center or other public place.”
It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. It’s also important to note that only New Mexico residents can apply for the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program.
Las Cruces Police has had several meetings with the organizers of the festival and has been assured that adequate signage will be posted at the park to help ensure all New Mexico laws are followed.
Las Cruces Police will conduct frequent patrols of Young Park and will enforce any applicable laws. The frequent patrols will be conducted within the boundaries of the festival and outside, including the parking lots and surrounding neighborhoods.
Information from Las Cruces Police