The New Mexico Cannabis Control Division received nearly 900 applications in August for cultivation licenses. One week in late June, before all industry oversight was transferred to the new Cannabis Control Division, the state health department, without a public announcement, quietly reopened applications for business licenses, awarded a license to Albuquerque-based Generation Health, and then closed the window again.
The chief executive of GH insists “we submitted an application like everyone else.”
But this has the New Mexico cannabis industry in an uproar over allegations of favoritism by state regulators.
The license awarded via the application window was the first time since 2015 that New Mexico cannabis regulators had made new business permits available. The apparent clandestine nature of the transaction has many crying foul.
In April, Arizona legalized recreational marijuana, and the upcoming new market has many in the industry eager to get a foothold.