Albuquerque city councilor to withdraw cannabis production legislation

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. ā€” Albuquerque city councilors were expected to address a proposed ordinance that could limit where residents grow cannabis plants for personal use.

Councilor Brook Bassan sponsored the “Personal Production of Cannabis Plants Ordinance.” If passed, residents could only grow cannabis plants at home in their closet, room, greenhouse or “other enclosed area.”

However, hours before the city council meeting, Bassan backtracked on her proposal. She now plans to withdraw the bill.

ā€œI proposed this legislation after hearing concerns from constituents that wanted to set some parameters for personal production,ā€ Bassan said.

A release said it has “rapidly become clear that this type of legislation needs much more dialogue and consideration before going for a vote.”

Also on the agenda Wednesday night is a proposed resolution to study the possible consolidation of ABQ Ride and the Rio Metro Regional Transit District.

Councilor Isaac Benton is sponsoring this resolution, which proposes conducting a study on the viability of consolidation. $150,000 in general funds, which RMRTD would match, is proposed.

The resolution cites studies showing consolidation reduces costs and makes transit more efficient. They also claim these savings could go toward staffing, improved maintenance and improving the overall transit system in a way they say could attract more riders and generate more revenue.

Councilors will also hear a resolution to formally approve a $25 million grant to make major upgrades at the Uptown Transit Center.