Apr 01, 2022
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Exciting news! Adult-use cannabis sales begin today in the Land of Enchantment. New Mexicans 21 and older are now able to begin making retail purchases of cannabis.
Last year, New Mexico became the 18th state to legalize adult-use cannabis and the fifth to do so through the legislative process rather than by voter initiative. Today’s launch of adult-use sales comes exactly 366 days after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the Cannabis Regulation Act into law.
The law officially went into effect on June 29, 2021. Adults can legally possess up to two ounces of cannabis and cultivate up to six mature plants. You can read a summary of the law, which was HB 2, here.
According to Victor Reyes, Deputy Director of the state’s Cannabis Control Division, the agency has already issued nearly 100 licenses for cannabis producers, manufacturers, and retailers. Reyes did admit that, due to backlog, there is a potential that some retailers will still not be ready to sell come April 1.
For more information on the adult-use cannabis program in New Mexico, check out the Cannabis Control Division’s website.
Stay tuned for future updates as the program continues to roll out, and thank you to everyone who made this historic day possible!