Efforts to implement the legalization of adult-use cannabis in New Mexico made new progress this month as regulators issued the first license to cultivate recreational marijuana in the state. Tony Martinez, the CEO of Mother’s Meds, announced in a statement last week that the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department had issued a license to the company to operate as a cannabis cultivator on November 1.
The company will join 34 other cannabis producers previously licensed by the Department of Health to cultivate medical marijuana, many of which will also grow adult-use cannabis. On Wednesday, a spokesperson for the state’s Cannabis Control Division (CCD), which is overseen by the department, confirmed that the license had been awarded pending a background check of the applicants.
“Mother’s Meds has been issued a cannabis producer’s license and that license will go into effect as soon as all background check requirements are met,” division spokesperson Heather Brewer said in a statement quoted by the New Mexico Political Report. “The Cannabis Control Division is excited to start issuing licenses and looks forward to public announcements and celebrations of new businesses as the Division works to stand up a thriving adult-use cannabis industry in New Mexico.”