New Mexico Officials File Marijuana Producer Rules And Will Accept License Applications This Week


New Mexico regulators on Tuesday released an initial set of rules for the adult-use marijuana market as the state prepares to launch retail sales next year. And applications for producer licenses will start to be accepted within days. Adults 21 and older are currently able to possess up to two ounces of cannabis and grow up to six mature plants for personal use under a law that was enacted earlier this year, but officials must still develop regulations for the commercial market. They took a key step to that end on Tuesday, and the rules for producers published in the New Mexico Register take effect immediately. Rules for retailers, testing facilities and other cannabis sectors are still being developed and need to be finalized by January 1, 2022 in advance of the launch of sales by April. “As a result of our open and collaborative process, these rules reflect the unique needs and perspectives of New Mexico residents, businesses, entrepreneurs and communities,” Regulation and Licensing Department Superintendent Linda Trujillo said in a press release. Most of the new regulations concern licensing requirements, public safety, patient access and social equity. For example, the Cannabis Control Division said it will ensure that 50 percent of marijuana producer licensees will meet its social equity standard, supporting communities that have been most impacted by the war on drugs. It will also “solicit public input to create and implement a social and economic equity plan” and create that plan by October 15. It will “include guidelines to determine how to assess which communities have been disproportionately impacted, how to assess if a person is a member of a community disproportionately impacted, and proposed incentives to promote social and economic equity for applicants, licensees, and cannabis industry employees.” “We are ready for business,” Trujillo said. “The…

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