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Cannabis Program

The New Mexico Environment Department regulates manufacturers of edible and topical cannabis products throughout New Mexico. Our focus is primarily to assure food safety so New Mexicans can enjoy these products with confidence.

If you are looking to get started in the cannabis business in New Mexico and need to know who to talk to, see our graphic below to understand how the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department and New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) work together.

Manufacturers of such products must obtain a manufacturer license from the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department’s Cannabis Control Division (CCD). Additional requirements for those manufacturing edible and/or topical cannabis products include:

Manufacturers producing edible and/or topical cannabis products must certify to NMED that they meet all requirements contained in 16.8.6 NMAC HEALTH AND SAFETY, FOOD AND PRODUCT SAFETY, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS, AND NATURAL RESOURCES. Manufacturers can access the NMED certification portal via this link.

NEW Permit Requirements and Deadlines

Manufacturers producing edible cannabis products must submit a food permit application to the NMED Cannabis and Hemp Bureau (CHB) or the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department before January 1, 2023 to continue operating. Facilities located outside the City of Albuquerque can obtain the NMED-CHB application here. Facilities located within the jurisdictional boundaries of the City of Albuquerque can find more information here.

Manufacturers producing edible cannabis products must obtain a food permit from NMED-CHB or the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department before April 1, 2023 to continue operating.

Contact New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department concerning all cannabis business licensure, including production (growing). In addition, contact New Mexico Environment Department concerning edible/topical cannabis manufacturing certification or edible cannabis manufacturing permitting.

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Hemp Program

The New Mexico Environment Department is responsible for permitting hemp warehouses, extraction facilities, manufacturing facilities, and processing facilities throughout New Mexico to assure consumer health is protected. Hemp-related permit applications are available on our Licenses and Permits webpage.

Looking to get started in the hemp business in New Mexico? Need to know who to talk to? Here's how the New Mexico Environment Department and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture work together to support the hemp industry.

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Contact New Mexico Department of Agriculture concerning growing, cultivation, and research. Contact New Mexico Environment Department concerning extraction and manufacturing.

When you are ready to submit your hemp permit application and fee, please email a signed copy of your permit application to hemp.program@state.nm.us.

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