Oh so many things to talk about and so little time (which may be because I spent the majority of my ‘free internet’ time today reading about Hello Kitty and ergonomically designed toothbrushes… brushi? Someone please the plural of brush stat.)
Santa Fe just got one step closer to heaven, I mean it was already knocking at it’s door as of yesterday. *More on how this place takes my breath away every single day*.
EXTRA EXTRA: The Santa Fe City Council voted yesterday 5 to 4 to decriminalize marijuana in Santa Fe.
For most of the day I heard second hand accounts of the ruling. I need the dets people. I heard all of the things from, “I think it was the whole state” to a really great story about a dude who blatantly passed a roach to a cop in California. “Next time in the great state of NM his ticket would only be $15”.
I feel like the basic, who, what, when and why need to be definitively addressed. So I pulled out my best researcher stops (the reputable Albuquerque Journal, the voice of a generation the dailychronic.net and to my credit the Brookings Institute) to bring you this solidified information:
Multiple sources said that the petition collected 10,000 signatures. Which apparently they did, but only 5,754 of them were legitimate city of Santa Fe registered voters. Can we take a moment to reflect on the importance of participating in your local government. You have a little voice and one of the best ways to exercise it is to drag your ass to the polls (yes in November every 4 years) and all of the little times in between. But please inform yourself or at least base the politicians off of there campaign propaganda, you can spot a douche from a mile away especially when their face is plastered to a billboard being driven around town on a fleet of F-150’s.
ABQ journal as of Monday (currently refers to prior to Wednesday night’s vote),
“Currently in Santa Fe, first-time offenders in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana are charged with a petty misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $50 to $100 and imprisonment of not more than 15 days. The proposal calls for possession to be treated as a civil infraction, requiring no jail time and punishable by a fine of no more than $25.
State and federal law would be unaffected by the change, if it were approved. Police officers would have discretion as to whether to charge violations under a city ordinance, handled in municipal court, or under state statute, adjudicated in magistrate court.
However, the petition called for possession of small amounts of marijuana and instruments used to ingest it to be considered “a lowest law enforcement priority.”
Here’s the actual current situation, from the Santa Fe Reporter,
“The resolution, passed narrowly on a 5-4 vote, changes the city’s penalties for possessing one ounce of marijuana or less and marijuana-related paraphernalia from a criminal misdemeanor punishable by a $50-$100 fine and up to 15 days in prison to a civil infraction and a $25 fee. It also instructs the city’s police officers to treat possession of small amounts of marijuana as the lowest law enforcement priority.”
Some things to note: this is only for the City of Santa Fe. What happens when you take your dime bag out of the city limits is anyone’s guess. Okay, not anyones, defer back to the state of New Mexico’s law. You probs won’t do hard time for 15 days but then again crazier things have happened in our fair state.
You may need a decriminalized bowl to swallow that and the other current happenings of those in our country sworn to protect and serve. I found this little gem in the literature from our City Commissioner:
“Trujillo was the most vocal opponent of decriminalization, asking “What’s next?” saying it might be an ounce of meth or cocaine. “I’ve seen what’s happened to so many people,” he said.”
Is this still the War on Drugs, D.A.R.E. inspired fear mongering that weed is a gateway drug? I don’t have any new arguments to present as to why this dude is a flipping idiot, pretty sure that science and psychology have debunked that one long ago. Being informed with facts is hard…. just kidding there’s this really cool thing where you just type what ever you want to know into your computer and then you read. Yes, there’s a lot of BS out there, you have to be discerning but you’ll be damned there is this thing called published, peer reviewed credible research. You should give it a whirl, it’s good fun.
In other pot related news, because who can really get enough to it. Weed is great for your marriage. Well, at least you’ll be less likely to exchange black eyes over who’s going to do the dishes tonight. Plus you’ll probably be much more amused with each other. Kara Brown from Jezebel made this delicious point, “That’s something to keep in mind the next time racists try to argue that marijuana turned a black person into a violent aggressor.” Food for thought. Please chew thoroughly, there’s no better time than now to think.
Here’s the rub on legalizing marijuana in NM, it’s pretty grim. I also read some hilarious stuff about how New Mexico’s biggest drug trafficking problem is coming from the North instead of those heathen Mexican drug smugglers. It’s only slightly harder to throw stones when it’s your own good ‘ol Americans that are turning a profit on one of America’s favorite past times. At least the legal system from the floor up are keeping their jobs and their dockets loaded.
This is why Washington is a super rad state reason number 10000000, as if you need another. Shix I know, let’s pack our bags.
*Photocredit: found this little guy in the mountains, despite the appetizing color and my love for pushing my consciousness I resisted eating it well because I use this thing called common sense Mr. Trujillo. But, ‘aint it pretty.