Yesterday the hard-Left progressive Pat Davis who runs the “professional bullying” organization Progress Now NM said he wants his activist group force the Albuquerque city councilors “fix City Hall’s big mistake.” What’s the “big mistake”? Davis wants to illegally decriminalize marijuana in the city of Albuquerque (see below). Davis is laying the blame for his lack of research on City Hall– after failing to read the quota for signatures needed to get successfully get a ballot initiative approved, Pat Davis has been pressuring the Albuquerque city council to vote on whether to put the initiative on the ballot in November.
Pat Davis, the paid bully, believes that he can push the city council around and he’s encouraging citizens to mass email the Albuquerque city councilors. Though we’re not backed by hard-Left interests, unions or Soros, we activists who oppose the marijuana can make a difference as well. Just fill out the email form HERE, say something like the below text (you can cut and paste the paragraph), add a personalized message and hit send. Your help is very important:
The dark money special interests organizations want to illegally decriminalize marijuana in a municipality– see below– please vote against this illegal action:
“A municipality may adopt ordinances that are not inconsistent (“consistent”) with New Mexico laws. “Any other code not in conflict with the laws of New Mexico” [NMSA 3-17-1(C)] and “any code so adopted shall provide for minimum requirements at least equal to the state requirements on the subject.” [NMSA 3-17-6(A)(9)]”
Even if the above statute did not apply those involved in gathering the signatures failed to gather the correct amount of signatures necessary for the initiative to be approved for the ballot.
Please uphold state law and do not fall victim to the whims and bullying of special interest organizations who have chosen to disregard the law and pressure you into ignoring the law.
Thank you very much!
Can you join conservatives at the City Council meeting Monday night? Come at 4:30 and sign up for public comment and tell the council you want to vote. ABQ’s City Council meetings are held at 1 Civic Plaza, in the basement. More info here.
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For the conservatives watching, the lesson to be learned is that the liberals believe that if they can’t win legally, they can disregard the rules and bully the city council into doing what they want.
Over the past month we have watched as Pat Davis of Progress Now NM failed to study up for himself on the quota of required number of signatures, then took the path of a pure bully to blame City Hall for his failure. Wouldn’t it have been easy to simply read the laws himself and calculate the number of signatures required?
- A municipality may, by ordinance, prohibit distribution or possession of [marijuana – NMSA 30-31-7(A)(1)(e)] but penalty provisions shall be the same as those provided for a similar crime in the Controlled Substances Act. Any code so adopted shall provide for minimum requirements at least equal to the state requirements on the same subject. [NMSA 30-31-26(B)]
- To convert the offense of possession of marijuana into a civil penalty is in conflict with the state law. A municipality may adopt ordinances that are not inconsistent (“consistent”) with New Mexico laws. “Any other code not in conflict with the laws of New Mexico” [NMSA 3-17-1(C)] and “any code so adopted shall provide for minimum requirements at least equal to the state requirements on the subject.” [NMSA 3-17-6(A)(9)]
- Marijuana possession first offense is a petty misdemeanor while additional offenses are misdemeanors [NMSA 30-31-23(B)]. In New Mexico possession of marijuana is designated as a crime.
- A municipality may, by ordinance prohibit possession of marijuana, but the “penalty provisions shall be the same as those provided for a similar crime in the Controlled Substances Act.” [NMSA 30-31-26]
Again, please contact City Hall here, regardless of whether you’re an Albuquerque resident or not (Pat Davis’ crew of paid bullies have been spamming the inboxes of these city councilors since Sunday evening.
2 thoughts on “ACTION ALERT: Stop the Illegal Albuquerque Marijuana Ballot Initiative”
So by a “technicality” they fell short of the requirement? Yet you KNOW that without that said “technicality” enough signatures would’ve been attained but you want to silence their voice?
You better understand that it’s NOT just “liberal progressives” who support the legalization of marijuana anymore. As a Conservative who supports legalization, I just don’t understand how a “True Conservative” could ever oppose legalization of marijuana? It’s a TOTAL Conservative principle… personal liberties, States Rights, will of the people. But RINO’s hide behind the “Industrial Prison Complex” view. So you people are FOR “Personal liberties” as long as YOU agree with them? A NON-violent, victimless crime and all you want to do’s JAIL people who don’t conform to YOUR version of “personal liberties”. I see how this works!
You also need to understand that nationwide, 52% of REPUBLICANS support TOTAL legalization while 60% approve of Medical Use of marijuana. YOU see on the WRONG side of this issue and will get run over by it in a very short time. 27 States plus the District of Columbia have “MEDICAL marijuana” laws in place. That’s enough to CHANGE the Federal law of prohibition NOW! You people are DINO RINO’S and need to quit PRETENDING that you’re Conservatives
You should grow up. If you can’t say what you need to say without resorting to ALL CAPS you have a serious problem sharing your perspective.
I’ve taken more than one bullet (as the saying goes) for being more than just a “Republican” and “conservative” and it had everything to do with having integrity and being honest.
The “technicality” you speak of is state law. If state law gets in your way, maybe you should live in a state that doesn’t have the laws we have. I support law and order and our way of government (a constitutional representative Republic) is based on laws and law and order.
I’m sorry if you don’t agree, but that’s not my problem.
May God bless you with truth.