SANTA FE — The Cannabis Control Division (CCD) of the Regulation and Licensing Department (RLD) has announced that to further streamline the licensing process the division is now accepting license applications for all additional cannabis-business types, including manufacturing and retail.
“The Cannabis Control Division’s licensing system is open for business,” RLD Superintendent Linda M. Trujillo said. “As part of the CCD’s mission to stand up a thriving adult-use cannabis industry in New Mexico, we are expanding user-friendly online platform to allow applicants to start the licensing process now for more business types so that they can be prepared as more rules are being quickly finalized.”
Prospective cannabis business operators can access the licensing application system online, any time.
License applications for all available license types can be started and submitted online. However, no licenses will be issued until the rules for that industry sector have been finalized.
“The Cannabis Control Division doesn’t want to waste a single minute in getting cannabis businesses up and running in the state,” Cannabis Control Division Director Kristen Thomson said. “After hearing stakeholders’ enthusiasm for standing up this industry as soon as possible, we are instituting this new licensing process to help businesses, entrepreneurs and communities maximize the economic opportunities this new industry is creating.”
Prior to launching this streamlined licensing process, the CCD had only been accepting producer licenses.
Rules for manufacturing, retail, and other industry sectors are set to be finalized in advance of a Jan. 1, 2022 deadline. By accepting those license applications now, before finalizing the rules for all sectors, CCD is providing prospective cannabis businesses with a springboard toward licensure.
Under the Cannabis Regulation Act, which passed earlier this year and the governor signed into law, adult-use cannabis sales are set to start in New Mexico by April 1, 2022.