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Meet the Cannabis Regulatory Advisory Committee


The Cannabis Regulatory Advisory Committee (C-RAC) is an advisory group established under the Cannabis Regulation Act. C-RAC members are experts in various professions and topics pertaining to cannabis. The members advise and make recommendations to the Division on the development of rules, including best practices and the promotion of economic and cultural diversity in licensing and employment opportunities, and protection of public health and safety while ensuring a regulated environment for commercial cannabis activity that does not impose unreasonable barriers that would perpetuate, rather than reduce and eliminate, illicit cannabis.

The C-RAC meets regularly throughout the year or at the request of the Superintendent. The committee is subject to the Open Meetings Act and will post any meeting notices, agendas, and minutes to the CCD website.

For more information on the Cannabis Regulatory Commission please see, N.M. Stat. § 26-2C-3, NMAC 1978.

Cannabis Regulatory Advisory Committee Notice of Regular Meeting

Notice is given that the Cannabis Regulatory Advisory Committee (CRAC) will hold an in-person public meeting on:

Thursday, July 18, 2024, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

The meeting will be held at:

New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Department

Rio Grande Conference Room

2550 Cerrillos Road

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505


Each meeting will be streamed live event via Teams Meetings. You may register for the meeting here:

Meeting agendas will be posted on the Cannabis Control Division’s website no later than seventy-two (72) hours before the scheduled start of the meeting and may be accessed here: The agenda for any meeting is subject to amendment until seventy-two (72) hours prior to the scheduled start of the meeting. Please check for any updates to meeting agendas that may be made prior to that deadline.

The CRAC invites public comment. Any guest wishing to provide public comment must register in advance to attend virtually. Public comments will be limited to three (3) minutes per person. The written comment portion is limited to 250 words. Please provide your full name, and the business entity you represent, if any.

If you are an individual with a disability who needs a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in a hearing or meeting, please contact Joone Tena at (505) 476-4509 or as soon as possible. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible formats.

Cannabis Regulatory Advisory Committee Members
  • Debbi Moore, Chair, Doña Ana County: Expertise in Small Business Development
  • Vacant: Cannabis Policy Advocacy Organization
  • Esther Lopez, Bernalillo County: Labor Organization
  • Nathaniel Paolinelli, Bernalillo County: Qualified Patient
  • Phillip Sanchez, Santa Fe County: State or Local Agency with Relevant Expertise as the Director and the Superintendent Deem Appropriate
  • Vacant: A Native American Nation, Tribe, or Pueblo with Relevant Experience as the Director and the Superintendent Deem Appropriate
  • Dr. Steven Jenison, Rio Arriba County: Expertise in Public Health
  • Lou Ann Branch, Bernalillo County: Expertise Regulating Commercial Activity for Adult-use Intoxicating Substances
  • Ginger Baker, Bernalillo County: Expertise and Experience in Cannabis Laboratory Science
  • Nina Wells, Santa Fe County: Experience in Environmental Science
  • David McDermid, Roosevelt County: Expertise in Small Business Development
  • Harold Trujillo, Mora County: Expertise in Water Resources
  • Bart Faris, Bernalillo County: Expertise in Water Resources
  • Chris Duvall, Bernalillo County: Expertise in Other Relevant Areas as the Director and the Superintendent Deem Appropriate
  • Rachael Speegle, Bernalillo County: Previous Experience as a Cannabis Retailer, Cannabis Producer, or Cannabis Manufacturer, and Who is a Non-voting Member
  • Bennett Baur, Santa Fe County: Chief Public Defender
  • Mary Carmack-Altwies, Santa Fe County: First Judicial District Attorney
  • Chief Christopher Williams, City of Portales, Roosevelt County: Municipal Police Chief
  • Kim Stewart, Doña Ana County: County Sheriff
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