KOB-TV.com - By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4 - On Monday, Bernalillo County commissioners are set to decide whether a controversial pot measure makes it onto the November ballot for voters.
But county commissioner Wayne Johnson says he’s not sure the county commission has the right to put the question on the ballot, and he’s asking New Mexico’s Secretary of State for guidance.
For months, proponents of reducing marijuana penalties passed around petitions to get the issue on the November ballot. Albuquerque city council voted to add it, but the mayor vetoed it. Now, it’s in the county commission’s hands.
“It gives the voters a chance to weigh in and say yes, that's the direction we want you to take,” Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins said.
But Commissioner Wayne Johnson believes the push is really a political tactic. “There are some folks that feel it would drive a segment of the population for turnout,” Johnson said.
Stebbins disagrees that it’s being used as a political tactic. She says it’s a way for the commission to get guidance on what the community wants. More