Fearing recreational cannabis shortage, New Mexico may raise plant cap for producers

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports

The Cannabis Control Division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, a new agency tasked with creating guidelines for a legal cannabis industry in the state, has more than doubled the maximum number of plants a grower could produce.

The change in the agency’s draft rules for cannabis producers — boosting the cap to as many as 10,000 plants from 4,500 — came in response to concerns that the lower limit would lead to a supply shortage, especially among patients in the state’s Medical Cannabis Program.

Critics cited a potential rush to buy recreational cannabis when the legal market opens, likely sometime in early 2022.

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