Volunteers push to get reduced pot penalties on ballot

Marijuana penalty proposal
Local volunteers push to get reduced pot penalties on the ballot.

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s an all out push to get enough valid signatures to put reduced marijuana penalties on the ballot in Albuquerque this fall.

Practical Policies NM has taken out billboards and radio ads to get the word out.

More than 11,000 signatures are needed to put the question of lowered penalties for marijuana possession on the November ballot.

News 13 is told more than 13,000 people have already signed the petition but the group wants to make sure they have enough valid voter signatures.

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

Volunteers are standing by at Rebel Donuts and Tractor Brewing Company to collect signatures.

After Sunday’s deadline expires the city clerk has 10 days to verify the signatures collected.

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