Sante Fe City Council Passes Proposal to Decriminalize Cannabis, Takes Effect Next Month
The Sante Fe City Council has voted in favor of decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of cannabis after activists submitted enough signatures to put the issue to a vote this November.
Earlier this month the Sante Fe City Clerk verified that 5,754 valid signatures were submitted to put an initiative to decriminalize cannabis to a vote of the people, more than the 5,673 required. This sent the proposal to the City Council, which had the option of putting the proposal on the November ballot, or simply passing it into law; they chose the latter with a 5 to 4 vote.
Under the new law, which takes effect after 30 days, the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis will no longer carry with it the potential of jail time under city law, and instead will be a small ticket.
The initiative is sponsored by ProgressNow NM and Drug Policy Action.
On August 19th, the City Council of Albuquerque, New Mexico voted to put a similar measure to a vote of the people this November.