New Mexico’s cannabis state track & trace system

Applying for and maintaining a legal cannabis operation in New Mexico involves several steps and adherence to specific requirements set by the Cannabis Control Division (CCD). Below is a comprehensive guide based on the information from the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department:

Understanding the License types and fees

New Mexico offers various licenses, each with specific annual fees. These include:

Steps to apply for a cannabis license

The application process involves several key steps:

  1. Local Permit: Ensure compliance with local permits and rules in the area of your business operation.
  2. Learn State Regulations: Understand the CCD’s policy and procedure requirements for each license type.
  3. Gather Information and Documents: Review the license checklists for the specific license type you are applying for.
  4. Create an Account: Use the CCD’s online licensing system for initial licensure and renewals. Note that some licenses require a paper format application.
  5. Complete Licensing Application: Fill in all required fields and upload necessary documents, disclosing all business owners and financial interest holders.
  6. Pay Application Fee and Submit Application: Fees are calculated at the end of the application process, and the CCD issues a PAR number for tracking.
  7. Submit Background Check: Required for all business owners.
  8. Answer Emails from the Licensing Team: Stay responsive to the licensing specialist assigned to your application.
  9. Pay Plant Count Fee: Applicable for certain license types.
  10. Post Your License: Display the license certificate visibly at your business premises.

Maintaining a legal cannabis operation

To remain compliant and legally operate your cannabis business in New Mexico, you should:

  • Regularly renew your license before expiration.
  • Adhere to all state and local regulations and requirements.
  • Pay any applicable fees or taxes on time.
  • Ensure continuous compliance with the CCD’s policies and procedures.
  • Stay updated on any changes in cannabis laws and regulations in New Mexico.

By following these guidelines and maintaining a proactive approach towards compliance, you can successfully navigate the complexities of being a legal cannabis operator in New Mexico.

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