New Mexico regulators held a public hearing this week to discuss the rules for the state’s upcoming recreational cannabis market.
The state’s Department of Regulation and Licensing, as well as its cannabis control division, sent questions and comments from the public during last Thursday’s hearing about the rules that will govern cannabis retailers and manufacturers.
According to the local site North Mediterranean Political Report, Comments at the hearing “differed from proposed regulations for packaging requirements, and general business practices for the delivery of cannabis to both businesses and residences.”
The meeting was highlighted by the appearance of Katie Duhigg, a Democratic state senator who also serves as Albuquerque’s cannabis attorney. Duhigg “brought a series of issues she said she would like to change and made specific suggestions,” according to the site. It was reported that it “objected to a proposed requirement that cannabis manufacturers demonstrate that they have access to water because manufacturing does not necessarily use water in the same way that it uses agriculture.”
Duhigg said, as quoted by NM . political report.
New Mexico legislators pass a bill Legalize the use of adult recreational utensils during a special spring legislative session. The legislation was signed into law in April by Democratic Governor Michael Logan Grisham. This means big things for New Mexico, because for the first time ever, they will finally have a legal cannabis industry.
Lawmakers failed to pass a legalization bill during the 60-day regular session, Which prompted Gresham to call for a private session To get the proposal on the finish line.
“The unique circumstances of the hearing, with public health safeguards in place, in my view, prevented the proceedings based on my calls from crossing the finish line,” Grisham said at the time. “While I applaud the legislature and staff for their incredible perseverance and productivity during their 60 days in facing these challenges, we must and will work to move forward and finish these initiatives together for the good of the people and the future of our great nation.”
Gresham’s office specifically cited the ratification bill as the reason for the special session.
“With general agreement across the aisle on the importance of the legalization initiative, the governor intends to see through the final passage of this potentially important economic engine, which is estimated to create more than 11,000 jobs and ensure that more New Mexico is not left behind,” the governor’s office said at the time. More and more countries are adopting the legalization of adult cannabis use.”
The extra time proved effective, as New Mexico lawmakers quickly passed the Cannabis Regulatory Act, which legalized recreational cannabis use for adults 21 and older.
The new law officially took effect on June 29, allowing these adults to have up to an ounce of pots outside their home (and even more indoors).
Under the Cannabis Regulation Act, regulated marijuana sales must begin by April 1, 2022.
At last Thursday’s public hearing, participants such as Duhigg addressed some of the terms in the bill, including one requiring cannabis producers “to show they have legal access to water after several members of the public raised concerns about the scarcity of water supplies in New York.” Mexico”, according to NM . political report.
The site said Duhigg is with “a provision that would limit the cannabis retail business from offering free products to anyone except medical cannabis patients,” in addition, which “would limit the delivery of cannabis to residential addresses.”
The latter, she said, would “reduce cannabis tourism in New Mexico.”