US (NM): Aspiring cannabis entrepreneurs greet opening application process enthusiastically

In just two months since the Cannabis Control Division (CCD) began accepting applications for producer licenses, there have already been more than 1,500 applications started by would-be entrepreneurs, according to the CCD. Of those, more than 1,000 of the applications are for what are called “microbusinesses,” or smaller cannabis growers who can produce no more than 200 plants.

“We’re off to a great start,” says John Blair, the deputy superintendent for the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, which oversees CCD. “I don’t know that we could have anticipated what the demand was going to be other than knowing there really seems to be a great excitement across the state.”

“We don’t have any limit on the number of people that we’ll license for any of the cannabis businesses,” Blair from the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department says. “If a million New Mexicans want to get a license, we would license a million people.”

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