Local Governments Are Still Fighting To Get Marijuana On The November Ballot

NEW MEXICO:  A pair of county fights in New Mexico over getting marijuana questions on the November ballot could be resolved soon, with the state’s Supreme Court expected to weigh in any day now.

The commissioners of Sante Fe and Bernalillo counties planned to ask their residents the same question: Should they support “county, city and statewide efforts to decriminalize possession of one ounce or less of marijuana.” But last week, Secretary of State Dianna Duran said votes that simply ask voters for an opinion without taking any action are unconstitutional.

“No reference can be found in New Mexico law in which a question may be put to the voters that is not for a decision to be made by those same voters,” she said in a statement last Wednesday. Duran also warned of a slippery slope: if she allows this poll question, “there can be little question that this procedure will be taken up all around the state” at taxpayer expense, she said.


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