No April Fools’ Joke: Cannabis Sales Finally Legal in New Mexico Starting April 1

Press Release March 30, 2022
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Matt Sutton 212-613-8026
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Santa Fe, NM – In response to New Mexico’s first day of adult use cannabis sales, Emily Kaltenbach, Senior Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, released the following statement:
“A new era for marijuana justice is here. After years of hard work against long odds, New Mexicans can finally legally purchase cannabis for adult use.  By placing social equity and justice front and center, the Cannabis Regulation Act is an outright victory for the communities hit hardest by the cruel and inhumane war on drugs. And this reform wouldn’t have been possible had it not been the years of input and dedication from New Mexicans across the state. From Gallup to Deming to Clovis to Taos, New Mexicans made sure that legalization included equitable opportunities for farmers and other small businesses, medical cannabis patients and long overdue justice for those with past cannabis arrests or convictions. 

“On Friday, we celebrate. Then, next week, we continue the hard work to make sure that cannabis tax revenue gets reinvested back into communities most harmed by prohibition and that the law is implemented fairly and justly for all New Mexicans.”


For years, DPA has been on the forefront working to end marijuana prohibition in New Mexico and create a new, well-regulated, and inclusive marijuana industry that is rooted in racial and economic justice. 

DPA has been supporting the call for adult-use legalization and regulation since the initial conversations with Senator Ortiz y Pino in 2014, and later with House Majority Leader Javier Martinez, Representatives Andrea Romero and Deborah Armstrong, and Senators Duhigg and Lopez.

In 2021, DPA worked closely with advocates, communities impacted by prohibition and lawmakers to reach the finish line and see the legislature pass the Cannabis Regulation Act and the Expungement of Certain Criminal Records Act with provisions for addressing prior harms of criminalization, social equity, and the protection of medical cannabis patients. 

The NM Cannabis Regulation Act specifically allows adults 21 and older to possess up to two ounces of cannabis flower, and up to 16 grams of extracts and 800 milligrams of edibles. It is legal to grow at home no more than six mature and six immature cannabis plants per person (maximum of 12 mature/12 immature per household) for adult use cannabis. 

The Cannabis Regulation Act and the Expungement Act include various provisions to benefit communities most impacted by marijuana prohibition, including:

A young woman holds a sign that says "End the Drug War."

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