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.