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New Mexico’s Attorney General Supports Marijuana Decriminalization


santa fe new mexico marijuanaThe city of Santa Fe, New Mexico passed a marijuana decriminalization measure this week. The measure was passed by the Santa Fe City Council after activists gathered enough signatures. The Santa Fe City Council had the option to defer and place the measure on the next election’s ballot, but chose to vote on, and pass, the decriminalization measure. New Mexico’s Attorney General, who is also a candidate for Governor, said that he is OK with the reform and would not stop it from being implemented. Per the Albuquerque Journal:

Attorney General Gary King supports decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana and his office has no plans to challenge Santa Fe’s brand new ordinance that does just that.

“The city of Santa Fe definitely has the authority to enact its own ordinance, but beyond that I don’t think it would come under the purview of the Attorney General’s Office,” said Phil Sisneros, spokesman for King.

I tip my hat to Mr. King for making the right decision with his comments. I’m hopeful that once people see that the sky didn’t fall after decriminalization, and that police are actually freed up more to investigate real crimes, that the entire State of New Mexico will demand marijuana reform. I hope activists don’t stop at decriminalization, and keep fighting until full legalization is achieved.


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  1. If Attorney General Gary King can point to one other time when he was quoted as advocating for legalization, I might believe this. But since his office was involved in drafting the ridiculously stringent, newly proposed rules in the Medical Cannabis Program, I’m thinking he’s just saying that to get votes (because he can’t afford to buy them) — and then if he wins, it will be a totally different story.

    (Where’s Gary Johnson when you need him? Not on the ballot, that’s where.)

  2. King will have my vote.. Finally a politician with brains. My concern though is that Santa Fe alone has city police, county sheriffs, and state police, that can pull u over and depending on which cop may lead to a state charge instead of municipal charges. Now will King dismiss any misdameanor charges or allow this new law cause a division within city, county, and state laws.. King needs to really clarify for city of Santa Fe residents if really serious about decriminalization of marijuana and if he really believes in it.. I will see before election time.

  3. It’s my hope this becomes an issue in this election for Governor of NM. I’m thinking his opponent, Republican Susana Martinez will take issue with this. She is backed by big out-of-state $ and is rumored to have a Koch habit. Go Gary King! He wasn’t my first choice for a Dem guber. candidate, but this sure makes me feel better about giving him my vote.

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