New Mexico Is Officially Accepting Recreational Marijuana Producer Applications

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Applications are now open for businesses interested in becoming legal marijuana producers licensed by the state of New Mexico. A day after the state released finalized rules for cannabis producers, the Cannabis Control Division announced on Wednesday that interested parties can now use an online application portal to get the process started. “We are open for business,” Regulation and Licensing Department Superintendent Linda Trujillo said in a press release. “Effective today, businesses and entrepreneurs can use our streamlined online system to submit their application to become a producer in New Mexico’s growing cannabis industry.” Regulators touted the modernization of the application process, as prospective producers in the state’s existing medical cannabis program previously needed to fill out multiple paper forms to apply. “The Cannabis Control Division is committed to standing up the adult-use cannabis industry and maintaining our nationally recognized medical cannabis program in ways that support businesses, consumers and communities,” Trujillo said. “CCD has invested time and resources into developing a user-friendly application system so that producers can get to work faster. And, for consumer and worker security, our robust accountability protocols will ensure that licensees are always in compliance.” The launch of the portal comes several days ahead of the mandated September 1 deadline for regulators to begin accepting applications. After an application is submitted, regulators will have 90 days to issue a determination. 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 were still tasked with developing regulations for the commercial market. So far, only the rules for producers have been published in the New Mexico Register, and they took effect immediately on Tuesday. Rules for retailers, testing facilities and other…

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