Ballot proposal on marijuana advances in Santa Fe

Updated: 08/18/2014 7:23 PM | Created: 08/18/2014 7:21 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The city clerk in Santa Fe says activists have submitted enough valid voter signatures to force a public vote on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, if the City Council doesn't approve it outright.

ProgressNow New Mexico and the Drug Policy Alliance submitted petitions last month. Activists needed 5,763 valid signatures from registered city voters.

The Santa Fe proposal mirrors one which the groups tried unsuccessfully to get on the ballot in Albuquerque.

The proposal would make possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a civil infraction punishable by a fine of no more than $25.

Possession of an ounce or less of marijuana in Santa Fe now is a petty misdemeanor for the first offense, punishable by a $50 to $100 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

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