The Cannabis Control Division was created in 2021 when Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the Cannabis Regulation Act into law. A division of the Regulation and Licensing Department, the Cannabis Control Division was initially tasked with promulgating rules for licensing cannabis establishments, cannabis testing, advertising and marketing, packaging and labeling, compliance, promoting social equity, training and education. The division now oversees licensing and compliance under those rules in the interest of regulating a new industry in New Mexico while protecting public health and safety.
The Cannabis Control Division’s mission is to ensure the health and safety of all New Mexicans by responsibly licensing and regulating all commercial cannabis operations in the State of New Mexico. The division administers a regulatory structure that encourages a robust, responsible, and legitimate cannabis market while preserving safe consumer access to cannabis by implementing strong enforcement measures to prevent illicit and unsafe cannabis activity.