Albuquerque, New Mexico City Council Passes Measure to Decriminalize Cannabis
The Albuquerque, New Mexico City Council today passed a measure to decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis. The proposal was approved with a 5 to 4 vote.
The ordinance would remove the possession of an ounce or less of cannabis from the city’s criminal code, effectively making it no longer a crime.
Cannabis paraphernalia would also be decriminalized.
Considering Mayor Richard Berry has threatened to veto a decrim measure if approved, as he did last year, the council also passed a measure to make the possession of cannabis the lowest enforcement priority, similar to a law passed in Seattle in 2003.
The bill was sponsored by Councilmembers Rey Garduño and Isaac Benton.