Time to add New Mexico to the list of recreational cannabis states. 19 down, 31 more to go.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the Cannabis Regulation Act into law back in June of 2021. The bill paved the way for the statewide legalization. Now, officially, April 1, 2022, marks the first day recreational cannabis is legal in New Mexico. Hooray!
With the news quickly grabbing attention of cannabis users in New Mexico, a dispensary in Las Cruces opened their doors at 12:01 AM on 4/1/2022 to a line of people waiting to shop and purchase their recreational cannabis. It was mentioned that most dispensaries in Albuquerque will open for recreational sales starting at 10:00 a.m. Although, some that already have their medical marijuana license may open as early as 8:00 a.m. In Santa Fe, sales can start at 7:00 a.m. Talk about wake and bake.
“The Cannabis Regulation Act authorizes the state to regulate sales of recreational cannabis through the Regulation and Licensing Department. The Cannabis Control Division within the department has set rules to help regulate sales and keep growers, dispensaries and consumers safe. This includes rules for businesses on packaging, labeling and marketing cannabis at retail shops, quality control, testing and inspection of products and plant limits for cultivators” (KOAT).
Just like with alcohol laws, a person must be 21 years old to legally purchase cannabis in the State of New Mexico. “Each person purchasing cannabis cannot purchase more than two ounces of cannabis, sixteen grams of a cannabis extract, and eight hundred milligrams of edible cannabis at one time. A person cannot possess the same amounts at one time outside of a person’s residence. Any cannabis in the amounts that exceed two ounces of cannabis, sixteen grams of a cannabis extract, and 800 milligrams of edible cannabis may store the excess inside the person’s residence. The law states the storage cannot be viewed from a public place. Anyone 21 or older can grow six mature plants and six seedlings. You can only have a maximum of 12 mature plants per household” (KOAT).
The Cannabis Control Act legalizes recreational cannabis in New Mexico. But as we know, it is still illegal at the federal level. Hoping that can change here for the better soon enough. Stay tuned for a future blog post regarding that topic.
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