New Mexico Cannabis License Guidelines

New Mexico Cannabis Control Division

Licensing and Enforcement Criteria

A new Cannabis Control Division will be created within the Regulation and Licensing Department soon. 

New Mexico Cannabis Law & Compliance

Several laws and ordinances regulate the New Mexico commercial cannabis industry, as well as the many different steps in the supply chain. These laws range over dispositions for cultivators, manufacturers, distributors and retail dispensaries. The most recent news can be found on these websites:


What is the general process for applying for a permit?

An applicant completes the appropriate application and submits it, along with the required fee, to NMED.  The application is then reviewed and NMED then asks questions and/or requests further information, if necessary.  A pre-operational inspection is then scheduled and completed by NMED and if it is determined the facility meets the requirements in the hemp rules, approval is given to open and a permit to operate is issued by NMED. If the hemp facility does not meet the requirements to open, NMED will provide a list of needed corrections and will conduct another pre-opening inspection after receiving verification that all corrections have been made.

Do I need a permit to sell pre-packaged CBD or other hemp products?

No, not at this time. IT is highly recommended that all pre-packaged products that come from a business is permitted/licensed by the proper state authority to manufacture hemp finished products.  This helps ensure safe and legal products are sold in NM.  You can verify permitting/licensing by requesting a copy of it and verifying it has been issued by the state agency listed here.

When do I need a hemp facility permit?

When you are producing hemp extract, manufacturing hemp-containing products that are for human consumption (ingestion), absorption, or are smokable products.  Also, if you are storing/warehousing hemp extract, you must have a hemp warehouse permit to do so.

How much is the application fee?

A non-refundable fee of $1000.00 is required with each hemp application submitted. The fee includes application, plan review, pre-operational and regular inspections, and permit fees.

How detailed does my application need to be?

Applications submitted must be complete.  Applicants must provide as much detail as possible for each question and/or item. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and will be returned to the applicant.  The easiest way to explain how much detail is necessary is to say: “we should be able to use your application to produce your product for you, without additional input from you”.

New Mexico Cannabis License Types

There are many different license types for cannabis in New Mexico. We are here to help you understand which one is the best for you and your business.


In New Mexico, producers/dispensaries grow cannabis and sell it to patients at a retail storefront. Typically, dispensaries must follow strict state-mandated protocols for product tracking, security, record-keeping, and hiring. (Each state’s rules are different.) Producers can grow up to 450 marijuana plants.


Cannabis manufacturers produce items like edibles, capsules, and oils. Manufacturers wholesale their products to dispensaries.

Testing Lab

Consumers and regulators alike demand consistency and quality control in cannabis products, which creates demand for marijuana testing labs. In New Mexico, marijuana testing labs analyze products for microbiological contaminants, mycotoxins, solvent residue, THC, and CBD.

Ancillary Business

If you don’t want to grow or sell cannabis in New Mexico, there are plenty of other ways to be part of the booming cannabis industry. You can create a marijuana app, payment processing service, advertising agency, consulting firm, pest management product, accounting firm, automated plant watering system, security service, packaging labeling service, or legal firm.

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