New Mexico Marijuana Legalization Law Officially Takes Effect

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New Mexico’s marijuana legalization law took effect on Tuesday, with limited personal possession and cultivation officially becoming legal for adults 21 and older. People can now lawfully possess up to two ounces of cannabis, 16 grams of concentrates and grow as many as six mature plants for personal use. But it will still take some time before retail sales launch. New Mexico is the first of three states where adult-use legalization laws are set to take effect this week. Next up are Virginia and Connecticut, which both have new policies ending cannabis prohibition coming into force on Thursday. In New Mexico, under a timeline published by the Cannabis Control Division, which falls under the state Department of Regulation and Licensing, regulators must establish an advisory committee and begin accepting certain marijuana business licenses no later than September 1. By January 1, 2022, the division must issue licenses to qualified commercial cannabis companies and begin to license marijuana training and education programs. Retail marijuana sales must begin by April 1, 2022. New Mexico! Cannabis legalization is here. In #NM: Possession of cannabis is legal for adults ages 21+ New Mexicans can grow up to 12 plants Retail cannabis starts no later than 4/1/22 We're transforming New Mexico's economic future for the better. #nmpol — MichelleLujanGrisham (@Michelle4NM) June 29, 2021 Regulators will hold the first public hearing on cannabis production rules on Tuesday. “After decades of people being arrested for simply possessing cannabis or growing a few plants, New Mexicans are finally able to exhale,” Emily Kaltenbach, senior director for resident states and New Mexico for the Drug Policy Alliance, said in a press release. “But make no mistake, this fight isn’t over. We still have our work cut out for us to fully repair the damage that has been done…

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