State v. Thorn, 82 N.M. 431, 483 P.2d 312 (1971)

March 12, 1971 · Court of Appeals of New Mexico · No. 547
82 N.M. 431, 483 P.2d 312

483 P.2d 312

STATE of New Mexico, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Douglas R. THORN, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 547.

Court of Appeals of New Mexico.

March 12, 1971.

Fred T. Hensley, Portales, for appellant.

James A. Maloney, Atty. Gen., Santa Fe, Thomas L. Dunigan, Asst. Atty. Gen., for appellee.


SUTIN, Judge.

Thorn pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana under § 54 — 7-13, N.M.S.A. 1953 (Repl. Vol. 8, pt. 2). This is the general *432narcotics law which contains a mandatory-sentence provision. Under State v. Riley, 82 N.M. 235, 478 P.2d 563 (1970), and State v. Rendleman (Ct.App.) 82 N.M. 346, 481 P.2d 708, decided February 12, 1971, the conviction and sentence is reversed.

At the hearings, in connection with the above charge, the trial court expressed the point of view that the state had the option of proceeding under the general statute, or the special statute which is § 54-5-14, N.M. S.A. 1953 (Repl. Vol. 8, pt. 2). Thorn’s appeal contends it was error to charge him ttnder the general statute. We agree.

The rule fixed in Riley applies to the Thorn case.

The judgment and sentence of Thorn in the trial court is reversed. The cause is remanded with instructions to vacate the judgment and sentence and dismiss the charge under which Thorn pleaded guilty.

It is so ordered.

SPIESS, C. J., and WOOD, J., concur.