New Mexico: Cannabis Control Division Smacks Down Illegal Las Cruces Cannabis Sales

KRWG public radio report..

SANTA FE—The Cannabis Control Division of the Regulation and Licensing Department on Tuesday moved to shutdown illegal cannabis sales with a cease-and-desist order against Speak Easy, a Las Cruces business that has been selling cannabis in violation of the Cannabis Regulation Act.

“At the Cannabis Control Division, we take the medical and adult-use cannabis industries very seriously,” said RLD Deputy Superintendent John Blair. “Cannabis production and sales are professional enterprises that must meet the highest standards to ensure customer safety and the integrity of the medical and adult-use industries.”

Speak Easy’s practice of “gifting” cannabis to customers who purchase certain items at their shop is illegal. Gifting cannabis from one New Mexican who can legally possess cannabis to another person who can legally possess cannabis is legal under the Cannabis Regulation Act. However, the Speak Easy is not giving a gift, Blair said. The exchange of money in the transaction makes it a sale, not a gift, and is therefore illegal.

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