New Mexico Tallies Nearly $2.8 Million In Cannabis Sales On First Day Of Adult-Use

Recreational marijuana sales launched in southwestern state over the weekend, one year after governor signed legalization bill into law
Written by 
Chris Kudialis, CBD and Cannabis Reporter.
|Last Updated:

A long awaited day of celebration in New Mexico kicked off this weekend with long lines, busy dispensaries and a state record for amounts of cannabis sold in one day.

The Land of Enchantment tallied $2.76 million in legal marijuana sales ⁠on its first day of recreational cannabis sales, nearly a full 12 months after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed House Bill 2 into law on April 12 of last year to legalize the purchase of up to two ounces of cannabis, 16 grams of concentrated THC and 800 mg of edibles by adults 21 years of age and older.

The law also allows people to grow and harvest up to six cannabis plants at home for personal use.

Albuquerque resident Sergio Mendoza was one of 41,910 customers to make a cannabis purchase over the weekend, according to official tallies from New Mexico’s Cannabis Control Division. Mendoza, 22, arrived before 7 a.m. at PurLife Menaul dispensary to become the store’s first ever adult-use cannabis buyer.

“I work overnight and would usually be sleeping by now,” Mendoza said. “But this is such a historic day, I had to be here.”

Just a few miles down the street from where Mendoza bought high-THC concentrates to consume with his dab rig, Gov. Grisham stopped by Everest Uptown dispensary to greet dozens of shoppers waiting outside one of 118 licensed cannabis stores to debut retail sales this weekend.

Speaking to the crowd on hand, the governor said getting adult-use up and running was key for raising tax revenue, allowing more people to access marijuana as medicine and helping to destigmatize a plant that federal authorities have still yet to legalize. New Mexico had permitted medical-only sales since July 2015, but the high costs and lengthy bureaucratic process associated with registering for a medical marijuana card with state authorities had deterred many patients from signing up.

With adult-use, people can now anonymously purchase the plant as they would any other item at a grocery store or other retail location.

“We’re here today to show that this industry is a force for good,” Grisham said. “This is just the beginning of what promises to be a wonderful addition to our state.”


Chris Kudialis
Chris Kudialis
CBD and Cannabis Reporter
Chris Kudialis is the mainstream media’s authority on marijuana and CBD news coverage in Las Vegas. Chris began covering the beat as a reporter with the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2015, when cannabis had been medical-only for almost two years and the first dispensaries were just opening.

Read More

Important Disclaimer
All contents of the LeafReport Site, such as text, graphics, images, and other material contained on the LeafReport Site are for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the LeafReport Site!