The New Mexico Cannabis Control Division announced on Tuesday that it is now accepting license applications for all types of cannabis businesses, including manufacturing and retail.
Previously, CCD only accepted producer licenses. The state division, which is part of the Regulatory and Licensing Department, made the change to streamline the licensing process, according to a press release from the division.
Prospective cannabis business operators can access the online license application system at www.ccd.rld.state.nm.us/adult-use-licenses-permits-and-fees, at any time.
License applications for all license types can be initiated and submitted online. However, no license will be issued until the rules for this industrial sector are finalized, the statement said.
Rules for manufacturing, retailing and other areas of the industry are expected to be finalized before January 1. By accepting these license applications now, before finalizing the rules for all sectors, CCD is providing potential cannabis companies with a stepping stone to authorization, according to CCD.
Under the Cannabis Regulation Act, which passed earlier this year and which the governor enacted, sales of adult cannabis are expected to begin in New Mexico by April 1.
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