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Albuquerque City Council to mull vetoed pot proposal for ballot

Updated: 09/03/2014 7:58 AM | Created: 09/03/2014 7:57 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The clock is ticking for the Albuquerque City Council to pass some proposals vetoed by Mayor Richard Berry. City councilors want to send the measures to voters in the November general election.

A closely watched proposal on the agenda Wednesday night is marijuana decriminalization. Berry vetoed the measure on Friday.

If passed by voters, the proposal would have made marijuana possession of an ounce or less a civil infraction, which comes with a fine of no more than $25.

The council will try one more time to put the measure on the November ballot.

Another proposal would give the council more of a say in picking city leaders. Councilors want to be part of the process of picking new fire and police chiefs in Albuquerque. Currently, it's just up to the mayor to decide.

The council is proposing to let voters decide if councilors can advise on future chiefs and also remove them with just cause.

Councilors will vote on the proposals Wednesday at 5 p.m.


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