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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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