New Mexico Cannabis Bill Aims to Curtail Unregulated Market

As New Mexico marks the two-year anniversary of legalizing recreational cannabis, state lawmakers are actively revisiting the regulations governing its sale and use. Spearheaded by Senator Katy Duhigg (D-Albuquerque), the legislative body is set to introduce a comprehensive bill that aims to refine and enhance existing cannabis laws, according to a report from local news outlet KRQE.

A key focus of the bill is the burgeoning illegal cannabis market within New Mexico. Senator Duhigg highlighted the challenges posed by illegal cannabis, particularly with products entering from neighboring states. Duhigg estimates that illicit sales currently account for about one third of the New Mexico cannabis market: to combat this, the bill proposes a clear definition of illegal cannabis and escalates penalties for trafficking, with a special emphasis on repeat offenders.

The proposed legislation also seeks to empower the Cannabis Control Division (CCD) by granting it authority to seize illegal cannabis products found during investigations. This move is intended to prevent these products from filtering into the black market, thereby strengthening the legal cannabis industry.

“Now that we’ve had a couple of years to see how recreational cannabis is working in New Mexico, we now know where we need to make

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