A San Miguel County hemp researcher plans to invest $2 million to legally grow cannabis on his 13-acre farm. John Sedillo also anticipates hiring 30 to 40 employees, starting at $18 and $20 an hour.
“They don’t need to have prior cannabis [growing] experience,” Sedillo said. “We like the opportunity [to teach them]. We are already interviewing individuals.”
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham earlier this year signed the Cannabis Regulation Act, legalizing the sale of adult-use cannabis starting on April 1. According to a published report, on Sept. 1 nearly 400 companies started the process of applying for licenses, which must be issued by Jan. 1.
Amanda Salas, director of San Miguel County Planning and Zoning, said she has spoken to nine parties interested in growing cannabis. Three obtained applications and she is working through one for Sedillo, owner of Ziawanna. In Mora County, no one has applied to grow cannabis, said Brad Sena, planning and zoning director. “People had inquired a while back when we weren’t finished with the ordinance,” Sena said. “I am a little surprised [no one has applied].”
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