Santa Fe Co. Commission approves marijuana decriminlization, city could approve Wednesday

Updated: 08/26/2014 6:43 PM | Created: 08/26/2014 3:29 PM
By: Blair Miller,

The Santa Fe County Commission approved a ballot measure to decriminalize marijuana possession Tuesday afternoon. The question will now be up to the city of Santa Fe to approve the measure outright during Wednesday's City Council meeting. If the City Council fails to adopt the county's measure, it will be put on the ballot for voters to decide in November.

On August 18, the city clerk in Santa Fe said activists have submitted enough valid voter signatures to force a public vote on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.

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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