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