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Not breaking bad: Albuquerque mayor vetoes marijuana decriminalization bill


Albuquerque's mayor has vetoed a marijuana decriminalization proposition.

Mayor Richard Berry, in an effort to keep his city as far from the fictionalized version in "Breaking Bad" as possible, is not allowing any drugs to be legalized.

He vetoed a proposal scheduled for November that would have made possession of an ounce or less of pot punishable by only a fine of $25.

The city council agreed to put the measure on a November ballot only last week.

"It is disappointing that I have been put into a position to have to veto an entire bill that includes a number of provisions that I support simply because certain members of the City Council voted to include last minute provisions that lack detail and/or circumvent state and federal law,' Berry said in a video statement.

"I cannot in good conscience sign... a bill that flies in the face of state and federal law as it pertains to illegal drugs," he added.

Berry's position flies in the face of popular opinion.

An overwhelming majority of Americans support the legalization of marijuana in one way or another, according to a recent CBS News poll. And multiple cities and states across the country have legalized the plant for medical and even recreational use.

When asked to rank substances most harmful to humans, Americans ranked marijuana behind tobacco (49 percent), alcohol (24 percent) and sugar (15 percent).

The city council can still override the mayor's veto, according to KOB. The vote to put the referendum on the ballot was 5-4 in favor. A 6-3 vote would cancel Berry's veto and send it to the polls.

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kjcorey1 August 30 2014 at 2:39 PM

Just further proof of goverment officials disregarding the wishes of the majority and supporting the Brotherhood of Corrections and the increasing number of private industry prisons.

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panhermes August 30 2014 at 2:51 PM

Veto by dingle Berry demonstrates clearly his utter disregard for the people he supposedly serves.

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ktlb4 panhermes August 30 2014 at 3:34 PM

Who does he think he is...Obama????

Berry has a pen and a phone and he used it.

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cbza3600 panhermes September 10 2014 at 9:53 AM

you must not have read the article, Obama had nothing to do with it

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FEDUP365 cbza3600 September 10 2014 at 12:42 PM

You just don't get sarcasiam do you. It was a play on words. Berry(Barry) (Barak) No one mentioned it was nobummer. DUH And nobama using his pen and phone to destroy America without the consent of "We the People" or Congress's approval or voting on bills and obummer making himself king, Quit being so literal.

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Dick Clark August 30 2014 at 12:36 PM

FINALLY a politician with some common sense. We don't to add ANY new legal mind altering drug which will continue to dumb down society, cause more highway deaths, more lung disease, more welfare dependant "laid backs", all zoned out.

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bambi4318.barbara August 30 2014 at 2:12 PM

Give it up Mr. Mayor, we have lost the war on drugs a long time ago.

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j.pr3 August 30 2014 at 4:09 PM

HOORAY for Mayor Berry!!!! It is so sad that people actually want to legalize something so harmful - and YES marijuana DOES lead to use of other stronger drugs. Would you want a POTHEAD taking care of your children, would you want a POTHEAD driving you around, would you trust a POTHEAD in your house alone (without you locking up everything worth more than 10cents, including the TV), do you want your doctor, dentist, teacher to be a POTHEAD? Think about it very carefully!!! If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, I am certainly glad I don't know you and I can almost guarantee YOU are a POTHEAD!!!!!!!!!!!

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naes615 August 30 2014 at 1:20 PM

It's a good thin this isn't Texas where lib-tards think a veto against their agenda is a criminal offense.

Legal marijuana and gay marriage is coming so get used it.

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mo524 naes615 August 30 2014 at 2:36 PM

Typcial of a conservative idiot he is not in trouble for veto maybe you should bother to read up on what your Gov did before posting. I know it will make your master angry that you tried to research and think for your self but at least you won't sound like an idiot.

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jeffrson13 August 30 2014 at 5:05 PM

He must not be up for re-election. Another fossil that is on the wrong side of history. He's probably anti-gay too.

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Bob August 30 2014 at 3:10 PM

Great to see a politician or Mayor stand up for what is right. A huge standing ovation for you.

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rivera8787 August 30 2014 at 1:38 PM

WAY TO GO Mayor Berry.....an illegal drug is an illegal drug PERIOD. Kids are screwed up enough as it is. Legalizing this crap will be the downward spiral of this nation. If you want to smoke pot....go to Denmark with all the other losers.

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sugarcreekchile August 30 2014 at 4:51 PM

Mayor Berry's well-taken point is being missed. Marijuana is still not legal in the states that have decriminalized it. If the federal government wanted to it could send federal officers into the states that will not enforce federal marijuana laws and arrest people.

The NM state legislature has not voted to decriminalize marijuana in any amount. If the city of Albuquerque votes to decriminalize it, it would be in violation of state law.

Berry's veto was made on legal grounds not moral grounds. In NM, there is a statewide ban on smoking . The city would be violating state law if it voted to allow smoking within its city limits. The same goes for marijuana decriminalization. The change has to be made at the state level.

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Rev Josey Wales sugarcreekchile September 10 2014 at 11:05 AM

Manty cities have already cecrimalized pot

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