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Bernalillo County OKs Decriminalize Pot Question

Sep 8, 2014

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Commissioners in New Mexico's most populous county have approved a measure that would allow voters to voice their opinion on decriminalizing marijuana.

Bernalillo County commissioners voted 3-2 on Monday on a proposal that would place the marijuana question on the November ballot.

The results of the ballot wouldn't be binding or change any policy. The questions would poll public opinion.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry last month vetoed a measure that would have allowed voters to decide whether to decriminalize marijuana possession in the state's largest city.

Councilors in liberal-leaning Santa Fe voted last month to decriminalize pot, making the city the first in the state to make possession of small amounts a civil infraction. Previously, the crime was a criminal misdemeanor.