New Mexico regulators on Tuesday released an initial set of rules for the adult-use marijuana market as the state prepares to launch retail sales next year. And applications for producer licenses will start to be accepted within days.
Adults 21 and older are currently able to possess up to two ounces of cannabis and grow up to six mature plants for personal use under a law that was enacted earlier this year, but officials must still develop regulations for the commercial market. They took a key step to that end on Tuesday, and the rules for producers published in the New Mexico Register take effect immediately.
Rules for retailers, testing facilities and other cannabis sectors are still being developed and need to be finalized by January 1, 2022 in advance of the launch of sales by April.