More than 16K sign support to reduce pot possession penalities

Posted at: 07/28/2014 4:29 PM
Updated at: 07/28/2014 6:22 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4; Shaun Griswold,

Another stage in the effort to reduce marijuana possession penalties in Albuquerque has completed with more than 16,000 signatures submitted to the city clerk.

Now, the Reducing Marijuana Penalties campaign must wait for the city clerk to verify at least 11,203 of those signatures to give their cause consideration to be placed on November’s ballot.

If approved by the Albuquerque City Council, and passed by voters, the initiative could institute a $25 fine with no jail time for anyone caught with less than an ounce of marijuana. The group is making a similar effort in Santa Fe.

Last week, the Santa Fe City Clerk said the group submitted more than 7,000 signatures. 3,500 signatures had been verified and 5,673 are need to get the measure on the ballot. That effort has until September 24 to reach its goal.