Two Pueblos ink a deal to start selling legal cannabis in New Mexico

Two Pueblos ink a deal to start selling legal cannabis in New Mexico
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On Friday, March 25, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico publicly confirmed an “historic” intergovernmental deal with two pueblos. The agreement will enable the sovereign nations to participate in New Mexico’s adult-use cannabis industry.  Based on official statement from the governor’s office, the Chiefs of the Picuris and Pojoaque pueblos both inked a pact with the state that will “support the pueblos taking part in the recreational cannabis industry, driving economic development and setting guidelines for the safe production and sale of cannabis while preventing federal enforcement on their tribal lands.” Although the consumption, home cultivation and possession of recreational cannabis was legalized across the state of New Mexico in 2021, sales have not yet begun. Nonetheless, they are expected to begin imminently. Based on an update that was issued by state regulators, adult-use cannabis sales in New Mexico are expected to begin on April 1… so long as everything goes according to plan. However, the Cannabis Regulation Act features a provision that enables state and tribal governments to sign agreements like the one mentioned in this post. “These agreements not only formalize pro-tribal policies, such as a state duty to consult and incorporate tribal concepts and policies related to cannabis, but also are the only [intergovernmental agreements] in the nation that provide for ongoing meetings and consultations between state and tribe,” read the announcement from Gov. Grisham’s office. Will the Pueblos’ deal to sell legal cannabis in New Mexico deter federal interference? This isn’t the first time that the Picuris Pueblo has attempted to launch its own medical cannabis program.  The pueblo tried to do so after New Mexico legalized cannabis for medical purposes via a bill signed by Governor Bill Richardson in 2007.  Unfortunately, the federal government decided to close the program. Since this time, attempts to…

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