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Meet the Cannabis Regulatory Advisory Committee


The Cannabis Regulatory Advisory Committee was created by the Cannabis Regulation Act in 2021. The 16-member committee was formed to advise the Cannabis Control Division on rulemaking, industry best practices, fulfilling the Act’s mandate of promoting economic and cultural diversity in licensing and employment opportunities, and protect public health and safety.


NOTICE is given that a regular meeting of the Cannabis Regulatory Advisory Committee will be held on January 26, 2023. The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m., and will be available via an internet-based video conference and telephone.

The agenda for this meeting will be posted on the Cannabis Control Division’s website, and may be accessed here.  The agenda for this meeting is subject to amendment until seventy-two (72) hours prior to the scheduled start of the meeting. Please check for any updates to the meeting agenda that may be made prior to that deadline.

The meeting will be virtual via Webex. If you haven’t yet, please register for the meeting here:

Download a PDF of this notice here.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing or meeting, please contact Autumn Marquez at (505) 469-4909 as soon as possible. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible formats. Please contact Autumn Marquez at (505) 469-4909 if a summary or other type of accessible format is needed.

Click HERE to view or download meeting agenda.

Cannabis Regulatory Advisory Committee Members

    • A cannabis policy advocacy organization, Emily Kaltenbach, Santa Fe County
    • A labor organization, Esther Lopez, Bernalillo County
    • A qualified patient, Nathaniel Paolinelli, Bernalillo County
    • A state or local agency with relevant expertise as the Director and the Superintendent deems appropriate, Phillip Sanchez
    • A Native American nation, tribe, or Pueblo with relevant experience as the Director and the Superintendent deem appropriate, Vacant
    • Expertise in public health, Dr. Steven Jenison, Rio Arriba County
    • Expertise regulating commercial activity for adult-use intoxicating substances, Lou Ann Branch, Bernalillo County
    • Expertise and experience in cannabis laboratory science, Ginger Baker, Bernalillo County
    • Experience in environmental science, Nina Wells, Santa Fe County
    • Expertise in small business development, Debbi Moore, Doña Ana County
    • Expertise in small business development, David McDermid, Roosevelt County
    • Expertise in water resources, Harold Trujillo, Mora County
    • Expertise in water resources, Bart Faris
    • Expertise in other relevant areas as the Director and the Superintendent deem appropriate, Chris Duvall, Bernalillo County
    • Previous experience as a cannabis retailer, cannabis producer, or cannabis manufacturer, and who is a non-voting member, Rachael Speegle, Bernalillo County
    • Chief Public Defender, Bennett Baur, Santa Fe County
    • First Judicial District Attorney, Mary Carmack-Altwies, Santa Fe County
    • County Sheriff, Vacant
    • Roswell Police Chief, Phillip Smith, Chaves County


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