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Applicants for cannabis panel listed

SANTA FE – New Mexico officials have released the names of dozens of people who have applied to be appointed to the state’s new Cannabis Regulatory Advisory Committee.

The list of 161 people was posted online Friday. The list can be found at

Under state law, the advisory committee must be established by Sept. 1. The panel will advise the Cannabis Control Division on the development of rules covering best practices, public health and safety and more.

The committee will include the state’s chief public defender and one representative each from the New Mexico Administrative Office of the District Attorneys, the New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association, and the New Mexico Association of Chiefs of Police. The head of the Regulation and Licensing Department also will appoint several members.

Retail sales of adult-use cannabis in New Mexico are to begin no later than April 1, 2022.