Activists push petition to lower pot penalties on election day

Posted at: 06/03/2014 5:48 PM
Updated at: 06/03/2014 5:54 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

While voting took place inside polling locations on Tuesday, activists waited outside with a petition calling to lower penalties for those convicted of marijuana possession in Albuquerque.

A little over 11,000 signatures is all they need. If petitioners are successful, the petition could make its way to city council for a vote.

Petitioner Rachael Maestas says they are gaining momentum.

"For the most part, we've had a really good reception," she said.

But not everyone is throwing their support behind the cause.

"It definitely is a little bit controversial, but all they can say is no," Maestas said. "We have a lot of young people out here because this is something they believe in."

"I decided to sign because it's a law that should've been repealed years ago," voter Alan Gold said.

The deadline is July 27. So far, the petitioners have collected more than 1,000 signatures.

"People are changing their minds about marijuana and I think it's time our policy should reflect that," Maestas said.