AG: Santa Fe within rights to decriminalize pot

Created: 08/29/2014 10:38 AM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Attorney General Gary King's office says Santa Fe is within its right to decriminalize marijuana and it has no plans to challenge the city's new ordinance.

Phil Sisneros, a spokesman for King, said Thursday that the attorney general supports decriminalizing marijuana laws and believes Santa Fe acted within its authority.

Those comments come after Santa Fe city councilors voted 5-4 this week to decriminalize marijuana, making the city the first in New Mexico to make possession of small amounts of pot a civil infraction.

The new ordinance makes possession of an ounce or less punishable by a fine of no more than $25. Previously, it was a criminal misdemeanor.

King, a Democrat, is running for governor against Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican.

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