New Mexico Tries To Decriminalize
Alburquerque lawmakers Rey Garduño and Isaac Benton of the Albuquerque City Council are expected to submit a proposal today in attempts to decriminalize marijuana. The two council members are much rather in favor of a small fine for those caught with marijuana instead of sending them to jail. They are also proposing a secondary measure which will force the Albuquerque Police Department to make marijuana enforcement their lowest level of priority.
A similar proposal received an almost unanimous approval last year however, the bill was vetoed by Mayor Richard Berry. “Incarcerating people through this failed War on Drugs for possessing a small amount of marijuana is creating criminals where none exist,” said Garduño.
The bill will be submitted today and if passed, anyone caught with less than an ounce of marijuana would receive a $25 fine.