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Cannabis in New Mexico--FAQs and Legal Information: FAQs and News


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The new legislation in New Mexico which legalizes the sale and use recreational cannabis requires the newly-formed Cannabis Control Division to issue final rules for the licensing and operation of cannabis related businesses no later than January 1, 2022. Sales can begin in the state any time after that. While the legalization of cannabis has been happening across the country, it is a novel legal issue here in New Mexico. The following FAQs have been sourced from a number of different news websites and do not constitute legal advice in any way. Please use the other resources in this guide to form your own assessment of whether the actions you take with recreational cannabis are legally sound. 

Who can buy? Anyone 21 years of age or older.

How much can a customer buy? A customer 21 years of age or older can buy and keep up to 2 ounces of cannabis, up to 16 grams of extract, and 800 mg of edible cannabis. They can keep it in their personal residence or on their person.

Can a person grow their own cannabis? Yes, any person 21 or older can grow up to six plants in thier personal residence so long as they are out of public view and not accessible to children. But you cannot sell, barter, or give away any cannabis you grow in your own home.

What are the taxes on cannabis sales? The state will add a 12% tax to all sales in addition to the regular sales tax. The total tax rate will be around 20% and the proceeds will be split between state and local governments.

News Articles on Recreational Cannabis in New Mexico

The list below contains a small selection of links to news stories and resources about recreational cannabis in New Mexico. 

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