SANTA FE — The Cannabis Control Division (CCD) announced Friday that it has posted the list of the 161 people who have submitted online applications to be appointed to the newly created Cannabis Regulatory Advisory Committee on its website, ccd.rld.state.nm.us.
Located within the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department (NMRLD), CCD is committed to ensuring a transparent process as it stands up the adult-use cannabis industry in our state.
The recently enacted Cannabis Regulation Act (CRA) provides that CCD must establish the Cannabis Regulatory Advisory Committee no later than Sept. 1, 2021. The Advisory Committee is charged with advising CCD on the development of rules covering best practices, the promotion of economic and cultural diversity in licensing and employment opportunities, and protection of public health and safety, among other subjects.
The CRA also provides specific parameters for the Advisory Committee membership. Designated members include the Chief Public Defender and one representative each from the New Mexico Administrative Office of the District Attorneys, the New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association, and the New Mexico Association of Chiefs of Police.
The CRA provides that the NMRLD Superintendent is to appoint one member from each of the following groups or professional qualifications:
- A cannabis policy advocacy organization;
- A labor organization;
- A qualified patient;
- A state or local agency with relevant expertise;
- An Indian nation, tribe, or pueblo with relevant expertise;
- Expertise in public health;
- Expertise in regulating commercial activity for adult-use intoxicating substance;
- Expertise and experience in cannabis laboratory science;
- Expertise in environmental science;
- Expertise in small business development;
- Expertise in water resources;
- Expertise in other relevant areas; and
- Previous experience as a cannabis retailer, cannabis producer or cannabis manufacturer (non-voting member).
Retail sales of adult-use cannabis in New Mexico are to begin no later than April 1, 2022. Anyone interested in getting updates regarding upcoming announcements, rulemaking notices and other important information regarding both adult-use cannabis and medical cannabis can sign up for email updates at the Cannabis Control Division website: ccd.rld.state.nm.us.
About New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department:
The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, which houses the Cannabis Control Division, regulates more than 500,000 individuals and businesses in 35 industries, professions, and trades across the state. Our goal is to assure that New Mexicans receive quality services from qualified individuals and businesses while also ensuring a fair and prompt administrative process. Our priority is your protection.