New Mexico Medical Marijuana: Upcoming Rulemaking Meeting Sets The Stage For Adult-Use Legalization

The New Mexico Department of Health will hold a public meeting on January 16, 2020 to discuss changes to the medical cannabis program. The regulatory changes are mandated by Senate Bill 406, which was enacted last year. The amendments enhance consumer protections, provide reciprocity with medical-marijuana states and permit consumption lounges.

The amendments also meet the recommendations outlined by the Governor’s Cannabis Legalization Working Group in its October 2019 report for legalizing adult-use cannabis. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, indicated that she would ask for legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis during the 2020 legislative session, which will open on January 21st. The deadline for introducing a bill will be February 5, 2020.

Governor Grisham established the bipartisan Cannabis Legalization Working Group in July 2019 to provide recommendations on legalizing cannabis in the state. The group issued a report in October 2019 that set out 5 main recommendations. The report states that the new industry will create over 11,000 new jobs, and produce over …

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