Cannabis Will Be Decriminalized In Albuquerque In Time For 4/20

Cannabis is set to be decriminalized in Albuquerque, New Mexico this week, as city mayor Tim Keller (D) has signed legislation that replaces the current criminal marijuana ordinance and replaces it with a $25 fine.

"Decriminalized adult use of cannabis is common-sense public policy. Having tried once before to pass it, I appreciate Councilor Davis’ leadership and Mayor Keller’s support this time around," Albuquerque City Councilor Isaac Benton (D) said on the city's official website.

"Nearly 100 years ago the same anti-immigrant narratives we hear today were used to demonize marijuana and make it a tool to oppress individuals of color, which continues to this day," said Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis (D). "As the country moves towards righting this wrong, it’s time to tell our officers to stop wasting your time on small marijuana offenses and concentrate on addressing our violent crime and auto theft."

This decision falls in line with the state Democratic Party's platform of cannabis legalization on a state level as well as several other cities in New Mexico that have decriminalized the substance.

The new decriminalization measure will go into effect just in time for the 4/20 festivities in Albuquerque.


Local officials and law enforcers often have fears that allowing legal cannabis shops to operate within their jurisdictions will have detrimental effects. Some people fear that allowing pot shops in their neighborhood will increase violent crime rates, allow young people easier access to the drug and lower the property value of surrounding homes. But is any of that true?

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