Albuquerque City Council will put pot on November ballot

Updated: 08/18/2014 10:08 PM | Created: 08/18/2014 10:00 PM
By: Blair Miller,

The Albuquerque City Council voted 5-4 Monday night in favor of putting marijuana decriminalization on the November ballot.

However, the mayor can still veto the council's decision.

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

The vote comes less than a month after the city told organizers to get the wrong number of signatures on a petition to put their resolution on the November ballot.

A first offense for possession in Albuquerque is currently a fine of up to $50 and potential for two weeks in jail, but the second offense is much tougher. The second offense is up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.

A similar measure was approved in Santa Fe Monday night as well when the city council said the petitioners had received enough signatures. Santa Fe's city council could approve the proposal, however, meaning a public vote wouldn't be needed.

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