On the heels of the U.S. Congress announcing its initiative of lower drug sentencing, Albuquerque Mayor R.J. Berry vetoed the city council’s passage of decriminalization of marijuana.
In his veto message, the mayor was firm; it is bad public policy to enact city ordinances that preempt state and federal law.
I agree, this type of conflict in laws makes for legal chaos, and does not give citizens who want to be law abiding guidance on what is legal and illegal. It becomes confusing for law abiding citizens and sets the police up for civil rights lawsuits for either acting or failing to act against certain behaviors.
In summary, people deserve to live in order, not chaos, and citizens should have the laws that govern them be clear and consistent.