New Mexico and New Jersey Reaping Benefits of Historic Month for Cannabis

New Mexico and New Jersey Reaping Benefits of Historic Month for Cannabis
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<![CDATA[Shawn Carden had never thought to try cannabis before April 1. The 44-year-old lifelong resident of Santa Fe was told for most of his life that marijuana was a dangerous and evil drug. That sentiment came not only from his parents, but from elected officials down the street.When Carden stepped up to the front door at Southwest Cannabis Dispensary on the first day of adult-use sales in his home state, he glanced at the New Mexico State Capitol, kitty-corner across the street. He let out a short chuckle as he reflected on the irony of the moment.“I think it’s safe to say everyone’s on board now,” he quipped. Turning back to the door and the decisions he’d soon have to make—flower or concentrates, a cannabis chocolate bar or an infused soda—Carden struck a more serious tone. “Honestly, I never thought I’d be here doing this. Or that a day like this would ever come.”The Santa Fe native was one of nearly 42,000 adults to commemorate the first day of adult-use sales in the Land of Enchantment with a legal dispensary purchase. Carden had to wait 45 minutes at Southwest Cannabis on the big day, but others stood in line for up to two hours at some of the state’s 118 open stores for the chance to make history.After passing House Bill 2 on March 31 of last year, New Mexico took a full 12 months to get the new industry launched. But the pent-up demand made it every bit worth the wait. New Mexico scored $2.76 million in sales on the first day alone, and $39.5 million for the entire month. Besides the first day of sales—a Friday—and the following weekend, dispensaries also welcomed record crowds on 4/20. And as April turns to May, most of New Mexico’s stores still…

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