“One toke over the line sweet Jesus
One toke over the line
Sittin’ downtown in [Alvarado Transportation] railway station
One toke over the line
Awaitin’ for the train that goes home, sweet Mary
Hopin’ that the [Railrunner] is on time
Sittin’ downtown in a [Alvarado Transportation] railway station
One toke over the line”
Brewer & Shipley, 1970 album Tarkio
I took a few liberties with the Brewer & Shipley 1970 hit song after reading that the Albuquerque City Council voted to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.
The ordinance allowing APD to issue a $25 civil penalty for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana and associated paraphernalia passed 5 to 4 during the meeting.
Democrat City Councilors Pat Davis, Klarissa Peña, Ken Sanchez, Isaac Benton and Diane Gibson, voted in favor of the legislation.
Davis, who is running for Congress, and Benton sponsored the measure.
Republican Councilors Brad Winter, Trudy Jones and Don Harris and Democrat Cynthia Borrego opposed the ordinance.
The ordinance now heads to Mayor Tim Keller, who had expressed support for decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana on the campaign trail.
We will see if Mayor Keller has changed his mind and signs it or veto’s it with or without any fanfare or by press release the way he did with the recent tax increase passed by the City Council.
LEGALIZE, TAX AND REGULATE
The truth is, APD Police Officers have wide discretion in making arrests and they normally do not make arrests for small amounts of marijuana preferring to dodge the bullets from guns being shot at them during the commission of one of the many violent felonies that go on in Albuquerque every day.
During the last legislative session State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino (D-Albuquerque) once again attempted to legalize the sale and use of marijuana in New Mexico by introducing legislation to put it on the ballot as a constitutional amendment for voter approval, and the legislation went no where.
In any representative form of government, people are elected to make the best decisions they can based on the facts and needs of their constituents, presuming those decisions and votes are really within their authority.
The legalization and decriminalization of marijuana needs to be addressed by the New Mexico legislature or the US Congress and not the Albuquerque City Council.
The truth is, our war on drugs has been a miserable failure in this country, especially when it comes to pot, and that is coming from someone who started his legal career prosecuting narcotics cases.
Legalize, regulate, control sales and tax recreational marijuana by comprehensive legislation is what needs to be done.
The candidates for Governor, Congress and those running for the legislature should be asked where they stand on legalization of marijuana
Healthy debate on comprehensive legislation during this election year could be a pre-cursory to drafting viable legislation and adopted by the 2019 New Mexico legislature.
The truth is, the city council’s ordinance is mostly symbolic, but Davis needs and wanted the expected front-page Albuquerque Journal coverage now that he is running for congress.
Now that they have gotten their useless ordinance passed, Davis and Benton need to sponsor a resolution making “One Toke Over The Line” Albuquerque’s official song, of course with my edits, and I will donate my royalties to help with police officer pay.
After the New Mexico legislature legalizes recreational marijuana, Davis and Benton could market “Duke City Gold” which will be their own home-grown marijuana.