US (NM): Adult-use cannabis sales could begin sooner than expected

New Mexico could allow recreational cannabis sales to start before an April 2022 deadline, a top state official said recently.

But that could depend on the pace of adopting new rules that will govern the state’s new recreational cannabis industry – and whether court challenges slow down the process.

The first proposed rules dealing primarily with cannabis producer license and plant fees were released Tuesday, about a month before a cannabis legalization bill takes effect.

The rules mark New Mexico’s first official steps toward creating a cannabis industry framework after a legalization bill was signed into law by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in April.


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