Supporters gather signatures to reduce pot penalties

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – As they head to the polls Tuesday, voters across Albuquerque are being met by supporters of the Reduce Marijuana Penalties ABQ Campaign.

They are trying to collect the more than 11,000 signatures needed in Albuquerque to put the question of lowered penalties for marijuana possession on the November ballot.

The proposal would make the maximum penalty for having less than an ounce of pot a fine. Currently, the punishment is jail time.

Canvassers are staffing voting convenience centers in all quadrants of the city until polls close Tuesday.

They have about two months to gather the needed signatures.

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