Adult-Use Cannabis Manufacture, Retail, and Courier Licensing Requirements


Purpose of this rule hearing –  The CCD issued a temporary emergency rule amendment on September 9, 2021, which was in response to a finding of an immediate danger to the public health, safety, and welfare related to the use of non-volatile and volatile solvents exhibiting potential toxicity to humans.

The purpose of the public rule hearing is to receive public commentary to make the emergency rule amendments to 16.8.2 NMAC, regarding the classification, license application and amendment requirements, and operational standards for cannabis manufacturers permanent.

The rule hearing will further receive public commentary for proposed rule amendment to definitions, and additional requirements for the processing, approval, and denial of license applications for cannabis manufacturers, retailers, and couriers. In addition to licensure applications, the proposed amendments will establish operational standards for licensees that must be adhered to throughout the term of their licensure.

Notice of Proposed Hearing

Proposed Draft Rules

Reference Materials Used in Drafting the Proposed Rule Making

The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department (RLD), Cannabis Control Division (CCD), will hold a public rule hearing on Thursday, October 28, 2021, starting at 9:00 a.m. Due to the ongoing public health concerns posed by the threat of the contagious disease COVID-19, the rule hearing will be virtual via an Internet-based video conference and via telephone.

To attend virtually: Register Here

A PDF of the proposed rule and meeting details may be accessed through the Cannabis Control Division website: or from Julia Valdez at the contact below.

We are now accepting public comments on the proposed draft rules. There are three ways to provide public comment on the proposed draft rules:

Email your public comment to

Submit your public comment via postal mail to:

Public Comment
c/o Robert Sachs
P.O. Box 25101
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Participate in the  public hearing and present your public comment via video conference or via telephone

All public comments must be received by the close of the public rule hearing on Thursday, October 28, 2021. Persons will also be given the opportunity to present their comments at the rule hearing.

Any individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing should contact Nicole Bazzano, Executive Assistant for the Office of the Superintendent, or (505) 469-0982 at least seven days prior to the hearing.