US (NM): First part of New Mexico’s adult-use cannabis law takes effect this week

Daniel Gonzales has been a medical cannabis patient in New Mexico for about five years, and he’s been smoking marijuana “since God knows when.” The 35-year-old San Juan County resident thinks it’s high time New Mexico legalized the drug.

He’s looking forward to Tuesday — the day New Mexico residents 21 and over can legally possess, use and grow recreational cannabis. Under the state’s Medical Cannabis Program, he is limited to growing four mature plants, while the law that takes effect Tuesday will allow each adult to grow six plants — or up to 12 in a household with more than one adult.
“To me, this is an awesome thing — both for the economy and for letting an adult make choices they want to make,” said Gonzales, who is transitioning out of the oil and gas industry he has worked in for 15 years. He plans to take classes and consider a future move into the cannabis business.

Legalization of personal use of cannabis comes months ahead of legal industry in the state for production and sales of recreational cannabis and other products containing THC, the plant’s psychoactive component. It also will remain illegal to purchase products in neighboring states Colorado and Arizona, where recreational sales are legal and carry them across the border.


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