Result of open, transparent rule-making process supports industry, consumers

SANTA FE—The Cannabis Control Division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department on Tuesday announced that final rules for cannabis manufacturers, retailers and couriers are now in effect, allowing the division to continue its streamlined cannabis-business licensing process as the state moves toward the first adult-use sales in 2022.

“Every day brings us closer to the first adult-use cannabis sales in New Mexico,” said Cannabis Control Division Director Kristen Thomson. “Thanks to the Cannabis Control Division’s open and transparent rule-making process over the past six months, businesses and consumers can be confident that all necessary support and protection is in place to ensure a thriving cannabis industry in our state.”

The rules that took effect on Tuesday include final manufacturing rules that replace emergency manufacturing rules that the CCD adopted in the fall to protect workers and improve workplace safety. The final rules incorporate the emergency safety provisions.

Rules are also now in effect regarding the licensing of retail stores, where consumers and patients will purchase cannabis. The courier rules set guidelines for the safe delivery and distribution of cannabis products by licensed couriers.

“Using best practices and input from stakeholders, the Cannabis Control Division has drawn on diverse experience and knowledge to create thoughtful rules that set the highest professional standards and safety guidelines for New Mexico’s medical cannabis program and adult-use cannabis industry,” Thomson said.

The CCD has been accepting manufacturing and retail license applications through its online licensing system. With more than 300 submitted applications total, across all industry sectors, CCD’s professional staff are reviewing each application and issuing licenses.

“Our dedicated team of professionals is working hard through the holidays and on every day to work with applicants to get licenses issued and businesses up and running,” Thomson said. “Standing up a thriving new industry is no small feat, and I know that our team, our system and New Mexico’s prospective licensees are up to the challenge. New Mexico will be ready for adult-use sales in 2022.”

Under the Cannabis Regulation Act, passed earlier this year and signed by the governor, cannabis industry rules need to be in place by January 1, 2022, and adult-use cannabis sales will start by April 1, 2022. 

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