ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Hundreds of people are petitioning online, calling for Albuquerque Mayor R.J. Berry to resign. This comes after he vetoed a bill that could have let voters decide if the punishment for possession of pot should be reduced.
The headline reads, “Recall Mayor Berry from office and force him to resign his position.” Hundreds of people are signing the Change.org online petition posted on the Inhabitants of Burque Facebook page.
The petition calls for people to, “… take back Albuquerque and let the voice of the people be heard.” Many petitioners are pointing to Berry’s announcement last week.
Mayor Berry announced last week via Youtube, that he will not sign off on what’s been considered a controversial resolution.
City councilors were pushing for five big initiatives to go to voters in November. One of them included decriminalizing possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
“There were measures added that I in good conscious could not sign,” Mayor Berry said in his video announcement.
Another included a tax hike, to help support homeless and mental health services. Council President Ken Sanchez expressed disappointment with the mayor’s veto. “It should not be the decision of Mayor Berry,” said Sanchez.
Now, it’s sparked a flurry of angry remarks online. One person wrote, “your job is to do as the people say, not make judgements for the people.”
Another person wrote, “I want my chance to vote upheld!”
The mayor’s office told KRQE News 13 they have no comment on the petition.
Although the online thread has no real ability to remove the mayor, the discussion continues to gain steam.
The mayor’s Chief of Staff has told KRQE News 13 in the past, they believe decriminalizing marijuana in the city would conflict with state law.
By Monday night, there were more than 400 signatures on the online petition asking Berry to resign.