Marijuana Initiative Officially Certified By Santa Fe City Clerk

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 Marijuana Initiative Officially Certified By Santa Fe City Clerk 

First Time in New Mexico History People will Vote on Marijuana Reform


Santa Fe-  Today the city of Santa Fe’s City Clerk announced that the Reducing Marijuana Penalties Campaign submitted enough valid signatures to qualify for the city’s citizen initiative process setting the stage to give voters in Santa Fe a vote on reducing marijuana penalties.

While Santa Fe moves forward to place the citizen-led question to the ballot, Albuquerque city councilors are set to take up a vote to fix a mistake by city hall that threatens to derail that city’s similar initiative.  The ABQ council will vote tonight on a proposal to place a question on the November ballot asking if the city council should pass an ordinance to reduce marijuana penalties.  The citizen-ballot initiative which would have placed the actual ordinance on the ballot is stalled after city officials announced a higher signature requirement after the petition gathering period closed. Read more here.

In Santa Fe, the Reducing Marijuana Penalties Campaign headed by Drug Policy Action and ProgressNow NM, submitted close to 11,000 signatures in 52 days, more than twice the number needed to qualify for the ballot. The initiative now goes before the City Council where the governing body has two options, vote for the ordinance change outright or send the initiative to the people for a vote. Not only will this be the first time in history that New Mexican’s will vote on reforming marijuana laws, it is the first time that the people of Santa Fe brought forth an issue via the City’s citizen initiative process. The Santa Fe city charter permits voters to petition their government for changes to city ordinances, including those relating to marijuana.