The New Mexico Cannabis Control Division (CCD) adopted its final rules Aug. 24 for adult-use cannabis production, with plans to begin accepting license applications from cultivators later this week, according to a KRWG report.
The regulations, which are effective immediately, include licensing requirements and plant count limits for cultivators that allow licensees to grow a maximum of 10,000 plants at a time.
Once the CCD begins accepting cultivation license applications through its online system, it has 90 days to approve or deny the applications it receives.
“We are ready for business,” Regulation and Licensing Department Superintendent Linda Trujillo told KRWG. “The Cannabis Control Division is committed to supporting licensees to maximize the economic opportunities that adult-use cannabis sales offer our state.”
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the Cannabis Regulation Act into law in April to legalize adult-use cannabis in the state. With the cannabis production rules now in place, regulators will turn their attention to drafting rules for manufacturers, testing facilities and retailers, which must be finalized by Jan. 1, 2022. Adult-use cannabis sales must launch no later than April 2022.