The Albuquerque City Council has voted to decriminalize marijuana possession in small amounts and send the measure to the mayor for final approval.

The City Council’s vote Monday night came after lengthy testimony, mostly from citizens urging council members to approve the change to the local criminal code.

The proposal put forward by city council members Pat Davis and Isaac Benton would make it a citable offense — not a criminal one — to possess an ounce (28 grams) of pot and paraphernalia without a valid medical marijuana referral.

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Associated Press