New Mexico cannabis legalization
In a significant legislative move, New Mexico legalized cannabis in 2021 through a special session called by Governor Michelle Lujan (D) to address the issue. The legalization law came into effect on June 29, 2021, and the state is preparing for the issuance of retail licenses, expected to occur in early 2022. While the state’s medical cannabis program, regulated by the New Mexico Health Department, is already well-established with numerous operational dispensaries, the legalization of adult-use cannabis marks a significant milestone for New Mexico.
Timeline of Cannabis Legalization in New Mexico
- 2007: New Mexico becomes the 12th state in the U.S. to legalize medical cannabis. The Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act allows patients with qualifying conditions to access medical cannabis with a doctor’s recommendation.
- 2019: Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham expresses her support for the legalization of recreational cannabis and makes it a priority for her administration.
- 2021: Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham calls a special legislative session to address the legalization of adult-use cannabis. The legislature successfully passes a bill to legalize cannabis, which is signed into law, allowing for the possession and consumption of cannabis by adults aged 21 and above.
Cannabis Industry Overview
- Legal Possession Limits:
- Adults aged 21 and above in New Mexico are allowed to possess up to two ounces of cannabis flower.
- Possession of cannabis concentrates is capped at 16 grams.
- Home Cultivation:
- Adults are permitted to grow up to six cannabis plants in the privacy of their own homes.
- Medical Cannabis Program:
- New Mexico’s medical cannabis program, overseen by the New Mexico Health Department, continues to operate alongside the newly legalized adult-use market. The program provides access to medical cannabis for patients with qualifying conditions through licensed dispensaries.
Embracing Progress and Collaboration
New Mexico’s cannabis legalization represents a significant milestone and a progressive step forward for the state. With adult-use cannabis now legalized, New Mexico joins a growing number of states recognizing the benefits of a regulated cannabis market. The possession limits and home cultivation allowances provide individuals with personal freedoms while the established medical cannabis program ensures continued access for patients in need. Through platforms like Ganjapreneur.com, entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals in the cannabis industry can stay informed, collaborate, and contribute to the ongoing success and growth of New Mexico’s cannabis market.
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