Now that grownup leisure hashish is authorized within the state of New Mexico, native lawmakers are establishing ordinances that align with the regulation and permit for the neighborhood to own, develop, manufacture, promote and devour hashish merchandise.
On the Taos County Commissioners Board assembly on Tuesday (July 20), Contract County Legal professional Randy Autio introduced a tough draft of proposed ordinances, and set a deadline of Aug. 17 for the passage of an modification to the Taos County Land Use Laws.
“As we have already informed you, we might should amend this between now and Aug. 17. We additionally might should amend this after the state finishes regulating on this,” mentioned Autio.
The Hashish Regulation Act (CRA), signed into regulation by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in April after a particular legislative session, contains deadlines for issuing licenses to producers, producers and retailers.
The primary deadline, for manufacturing licenses, is Sept. 1. Manufacturing of leisure hashish is scheduled to start within the fall. Retail gross sales to most people will start no later than April 1, 2022.
The CRA additionally established a Hashish Management Division (CCD) throughout the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Division to assist native jurisdictions perceive the regulation, and supply steering in crafting new ordinances. The CCD talked to different states (Colorado, Washington and New York) which have already gone by the method.
“We’re looking at different state statutes and the way they have been interpreted — to search for steering on sort of that push and pull between native management and state statute and state authority,” mentioned Autio.
The CRA permits native jurisdictions to set affordable time, place and method restrictions on hashish operations, together with limits on license density (such at the least distance between hashish retail shops).
Different allowable restrictions embrace hours of operation for retailers and hashish consumption areas (that are analogous to bars, however serve hashish as an alternative of liquor). Native jurisdictions also can require minimal distances from faculties and daycare facilities.
“This draft presently doesn’t have distances from church buildings,” mentioned Autio. “It’s one thing that we’re doing additional analysis on. And we are going to present that opinion to you. So which may be one of many amendments that we select to incorporate earlier than Aug. 18.”
“It will possibly’t be, in my view, completely church buildings,” mentioned AnJanette Brush, Taos County Commissioner District 4. “We’ve a really wealthy non secular neighborhood right here. We’ve an ashram. We’ve temples. We won’t essentially simply say church buildings — that must be locations of worship.”
Different restrictions being mentioned are hashish gross sales on Sundays and Christmas day.
The CRA additionally prevents native jurisdictions from disallowing the operation of hashish companies, together with prevention of transporting hashish merchandise on public roads. Native jurisdictions can’t utterly prohibit the operation of a licensee, or stop a hashish enterprise from figuring out as such.
The regulation permits for grownup (21 years outdated or older) utilization, in non-public, or in a hashish consumption space, and possession of as much as two ounces. It additionally permits, as of July 1, for adults to house develop hashish vegetation for personal consumption. Adults are allowed to develop six vegetation per individual in a family, with a most of 12 vegetation.
“In my district, in El Rito, there are of us which have talked about making an attempt to develop and switch their property into retail. Are we going 50 toes off our county roadways, 100 toes off our county roadways, that might doubtlessly be a retail retailer — so it isn’t one thing that is in a residential space,” requested Mark Gallegos, Taos County Commissioner District 2.
“It is a good difficulty. I am going to speak to planning about how we are able to higher handle that and ensure you have that data in August, to see how that is going to be utilized and the way it will have an effect on rural areas like that,” mentioned Autio.
“We didn’t concentrate on that on this draft. For growers, there actually could be very little prohibition. Agriculture is taken into account to be agriculture underneath the Act,” he continued. “So the principle factor we did is tried to put growers, as a result of what they will should do is place them in sizzling homes or buildings. They produce about 4 crops per 12 months, so it is an intense agribusiness, versus a conventional discipline of frijoles or one thing.”
The Taos County Fee will meet once more to debate native ordinances for the hashish trade on Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. previous to its last adoption of latest guidelines. Members of the neighborhood are welcome to view the assembly at taoscounty.org, and handle the fee by calling 575-737-6310.
This report is one in a sequence associated to the Hashish Regulation Act.