“Consume responsibly, especially at the outset of a new industry. Start low, go slow.” Kristen Thomson, director, Cannabis Control Division New Mexico  Department

 

Rio Rancho area residents won’t have to go begging to Albuquerque for their recreational cannabis.

Between the shops already in the area, such as Ultra Health and SWOP, there are plenty of shops in their neck of the woods, including Bernalillo, Placitas and Corrales.

Many are still pending or in draft form, but a few have been approved to sell pot recreationally April 1 when it becomes legal in New Mexico.

Among shops that have been approved according to state records:

Cannabis Retailer

  • Approved
  • NM Altitude LL
  • 1100 NM 528 NE, Suite A, Rio Rancho, NM 87144

Cannabis Retailer

  • Approved
  • Got Greens LLC
  • 10200 Corrales Road NW, Suite E-2, Albuquerque, NM 87114

Cannabis Retailer

  • Approved
  • Corrales Hemporium LLC
  • 4484 Corrales Road, PO Box 2033, Corrales, NM 87048

Cannabis Retailer

  • Approved
  • Royal Highness LLC
  • 413 South Camino Del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM 87004

Cannabis Retailer

  • Approved
  • Leaf and Flower LLC
  • 710 Bailey Lane, Placitas, NM 87043

Sales are expected to be hot.

“Sales are projected to generate — on top of the medical market — $300 million in sales,” said Kristen Thomson, director of the Cannabis Control Division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department.

Recreational pot is also expected to create more than 11,000 jobs and bring in $50 million in revenue to the state, she said.

And that’s just the start.

“We definitely see growth over time, once the industry stabilizes. There are new consumers who come into the marketplace,” Thomson said. “Interestingly, the growth area in the market is women over the age of 50, trying new specialty products and older people looking for something new for pain management instead of prescription drugs.”

There are also the users “moving from the illicit market to safer, regulated cannabis,” she said.

The good news is that the product under New Mexico law is cleaner and safer for users.

While $300 million in sales is a monster number, especially for a first year, for most people — the end users — recreational cannabis comes down to the most elemental issues.

How much can I buy? How much can I grow? Can I smoke in public? How do I recreate safely while puffing on a joint?

“The adult-use market is intended for intoxication, but understand the product,” Thomson said. “Consume responsibly, especially at the outset of a new industry. Start low, go slow.”

One way to keep from overdoing it, Thomson said, is to ask the retailer’s employees and bud tenders, especially if you are a first-timer.

“Over-consumption is real,and what we have done in New Mexico is to put the appropriate dosages in the packaging in the adult-use market,” she said. “It’s exciting, but the folks who are behind that counter have been working in the industry for the most part and are a great source of information.”

Here is some helpful information for first-timers and cautious experienced users.

Adults age 21 and older can have up to six plants in their home. This is per person. But the household maximum is 12 mature plants, regardless of the number of people in the household.

Smoking in public is not allowed and can result in a fine.

There will be public spaces for smoking recreationally, such as lounges, but no one has applied for that in New Mexico yet. This is the only category where a local government can exercise the right to ban it.

“We are excited to see what the future holds, and we remind people to celebrate responsibly,” Thomson said.

 

Retailers awaiting approval include:

Cannabis Retailer

  • Draft
  • Mix N Mojo LLC
  • 1690 NM 528 SE, Suite G, Rio Rancho, NM 87124

Cannabis Retailer

  • Draft
  • Roy McDonald
  • 1456 Montiano Loop SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124

Cannabis Retailer

  • Draft
  • DJ Vape Enterprises
  • 2345 Southern Blvd. SE, C-12, Rio Rancho, NM 87124

Cannabis Retailer

  • Draft
  • Sticky Remedy
  • 165 Valle Ave., Bernalillo, NM 87004

Cannabis Retailer

  • Pending Applicant Action
  • Mercan Dreams, LLC
  • 965 US 550, Ste B, Bernalillo, NM 87004

Cannabis Retailer

  • Pending Applicant Action
  • Mercan Dreams LLC
  • 872 Camino Del Pueblo, Ste. F, Bernalillo, NM 87004