Making the Rules: An Interview with Linda Trujillo

Coming up with rules and regulations for a brand new, adult-use cannabis market is no easy task. We spoke with New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department Superintendent Linda Trujillo about the department’s progress with regulating the marijuana market.

The Paper.: How is the licensing process coming along?

Trujillo: We just finished a public hearing on June 29, and there’s over 300 public comments that we’re reviewing. Once we get those reviewed and we make some changes, we’ll be closer. We recently posted updated rules. We had hoped that maybe we were close enough that any changes would be a logical outgrowth. But it appears to our legal counsel that some of those changes are substantive enough that we need to go back out for a public hearing.

In regards to the licensing permits for producers, and those licensed under the medical program, we’re…