Before 2007, you could not get marijuana legally in NM unless you were part of this selective government research program into medical marijuana that was enacted in 1972.
Back in the early 2000s, most of our cannabis was getting shipped over roads by northern CA.
Despite it being the black market entirely, I remember getting some fire marijuana strains back then like Chemdog, Blue Dream, and OG Kush. There was always brick-weed coming over the border from Mexico, but that stems and seeds garbage was far below the quality of wonderful “chronic” or “crippy” buds like the sensimilla strains every one of us snatched coming out of CA. But as time went on, more and more people were growing cannabis in homes in our house state of NM. The weed here is quite good, especially now that every one of us have both legal medical marijuana sales and legal recreational sales. It took until 2021 for the state government to amend its rules regarding cannabis to make it legal for recreational sales and consumption. The taxes being collected on recreational cannabis sales in NM will go to a number of causes including housing, food insecurity, and economic development. All of the other states that have legalized recreational cannabis in the years preceding us have already raised unbelievable amounts of tax resites in just a handful of years of legal recreational cannabis sales. Being a resident of Albuquerque and seeing cannabis stores from Rio Rancho to South Valley makes me baffled and amazed to recognize that there are still states in this country that have entirely no legal cannabis laws of any kind. They’re still stuck in the past and the failed Drug War.