ABQ city council approves pot penality proposal on ballot

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque City Council voted five to four in favor of letting voters decide if pot penalties should be reduced.

The vote was along party lines with Democrats voting for it. But the proposal still needs Republican Mayor R.J. Berry’s approval to get on the ballot.

The issue at hand is whether to reduce city penalties for those carrying an ounce of pot or less.

A group had been pushing to put the issue to voters by getting enough petition signatures, but that effort fell short.

Also, it looks like Santa Fe voters will have a chance to weigh in on a pot penalty reduction proposal. The city clerk says people there gathered enough valid signatures to get on the ballot.

That initiative will go before Santa Fe’s City Council on Aug. 27.

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