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New Mexico


The Cannabis Control Division is responsible for overseeing and authorizing the operations of cannabis producers, manufacturers, retailers, couriers, and testing and research laboratories in both medical and adult-use markets. Its primary objective is to promote public health and safety by implementing regulations and guidelines and enforcing compliance with established standards.

The Cannabis Control Division issues licenses, ensures compliance by monitoring activities, and enforces established rules & regulations. There are 476 approved retail premises in New Mexico since the start of adult-use recreational cannabis sales in April, 2022. That is 30% more than Colorado reported at the one year mark of its recreational market.

There is a $10,000 application fee, $2,500 annual fee, and a $1,000 annual fee for each licensed premises. Some regulations vary from location to location in New Mexico, so check local city regulations.

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New Mexico legalized medical cannabis back in 2007. Senate Bill 523 allowed the use of cannabis with a physician’s recommendation for treatment of certain medical conditions such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy. This bill made New Mexico the 12th state to legalize medical use and the 4th to do so through an act of state legislature.

In March 2019, House Bill 356 was approved by the House of Representatives. The bill sought to legalize the recreational use of cannabis and establish a system for the distribution of cannabis through dispensaries run by the state.

A bill to legalize recreational use – House Bill 2, the Cannabis Regulation Act – was signed in 2021. The first licensed sales of recreational cannabis began in 2022.

LAST UPDATED 5/10/2023 – It’s important to remember that laws can be revised and updated frequently, so please keep this in mind.