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New Mexico lawmakers to consider changes to cannabis legalization bill

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New Mexico lawmakers will consider changes to the state’s cannabis regulations during a special 30-day session, including increasing production for small cannabis businesses, requirements for junior education, allowing liquor licensees to also obtain cannabis licenses, and allowing some industry sectors to hire 18-year-olds, according to NM . political report.

The state’s Department of Cannabis Control announced earlier this week that it plans to work with Governor Lujan Grisham (D) and lawmakers on plant limit increases for small businesses as a precaution for expected shortages once sales for adult use begin in April, the report says. Lawmakers will consider a bill to increase the number of these plants from 200 to 1,000 mature plants.

the Suggestion by Democratic Senator Linda Lopez will also allow companies that previously only sold medical cannabis to hire workers under 21; The state’s adult use law requires that all employees of the cannabis industry be 21 years or older.

while the invoice Existing liquor license holders will also be allowed to obtain a cannabis license, and both types of licenses will still be prohibited in the same establishment.

New Mexico Cannabis Chamber Executive Director Ben Lowinger told NM Political Report that the organization “supports the reforms in the bill.”

State regulators cannabis Recently approved the emergency law To double the number of plants licensed producers can grow, and anticipate product shortages when sales to adults begin in April. the The country has issued its own industrial regulations And The first adult use licenses Last month.

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