Santa Fe – With just hours to spare before the deadline to submit the county’s election ballot, Santa Fe’s county commission voted unanimously to approve an advisory opinion asking county residents to cast a ballot in support of marijuana decriminalization efforts in the county and state.
Commissioner Stefancis, the resolution’s sponsor, was joined by Commissioners Holian, Anaya, Mayfield and Chavez in voting to sending the measure to the voters.
County Clerk Geraldine Salazar had prepared her staff to submit the final ballot language to the secretary of state before the end-of-day deadline for the county to do so.
At least a dozen county residents spoke in support, including several who had been canvassers on the recent citizen petition campaign. Those canvassers spoke to the high number of county residents who signed and supported the measure.
Bernalillo County commissioners approved a similar measure for that county’s voters during their meeting yesterday.
Last month, the City of Santa Fe became the first in the state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana after a citizen petition effort gathered more than 10,000 names.
The Reduce Marijuana Penalties Campaign which led the petition efforts in Santa Fe and Albuquerque has already announced plans to launch a public education and get out the vote campaign to support passage of the question.