New Mexico Takes First Step On Marijuana Implementation Before Governor Even Signs Legalization Bill

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New Mexico isn’t wasting any time setting up its adult-use marijuana market, with regulators launching a website to provide information about the state’s impending new cannabis policy before the governor has even signed a legalization bill into law. Lawmakers sent legislation to establish a recreational marijuana to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) last week during a special session that she had convened. Under the proposal, retail sales wouldn’t start until April 2022, but the state Regulation and Licensing Department is getting a head start providing information to consumers and businesses. The new website features a timeline for when the Cannabis Control Division (CCD) would have to create an advisory board, when business licenses would begin to be issued and when the retail market is expected to launch. It also provides an overview of the fees associated with various license types. Finally, there’s a page for “important terms” that define components of the legalization legislation. “With the passage of HB2 in the 2021 special session, enactment of the Cannabis Regulation Act (CRA) is effective June 29, 2021, upon the signature of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham,” the website states. Even though the governor hasn’t signed the bill yet, she has pledged to do so shortly after legislative staffers properly format it and send it to her desk. Lujan Grisham has been an outspoken advocate for ending cannabis prohibition and standing up a regulated market, which she says could help boost the state’s economy at a critical time. When the legislature failed to pass a legalization bill during the regular session because members missed a legislative deadline, she promptly announced a special session to tackle the reform. The new cannabis website’s launch comes shortly after New York created its own site for information on cannabis policy after Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a…

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