ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials say an Albuquerque petition drive to reduce marijuana penalties failed to collect enough valid signatures to trigger an election.
The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://goo.gl/iS43TZ) figures released by the Albuquerque City Clerk’s Office show that advocate fell short of the 14,218 signatures required under the City Charter to trigger an election on the issue.
Acting City Clerk Trina Gurule says the marijuana campaign turned in 15,916 signatures. But out of those, officials say only 9,172 were approved as having come from valid, registered city voters,.
Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico, which worked on the campaign, said supporters of the effort are meeting with attorneys to go over their options.
The petition drive is aimed at reducing the penalty for possessing small amounts of marijuana.