$300M cannabis research facility to be built in New Mexico

Rural New Mexico will soon be the home to one of the nation’s largest cannabis manufacturing and research facilities, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Bright Green Corp. announced Monday – a $300 million investment in a state-of-the-art agricultural ecosystem on company-owned property in Grants, embracing the latest technology and automation, delivering consistency and purity to the production of high-quality cannabis for the advancement of medical research.

The project is expected to create more than 170 construction jobs and an initial 200 research and agricultural jobs…

“Governor Lujan Grisham, New Mexico’s federal delegation and the local and Tribal communities in Cibola County have worked with us from the beginning to create the right environment for innovation and research and we are excited to finally share news of this investment with the rest of New Mexico,” said Bright Green Chairman Terry Rafih…

“While much is written about the cannabis market, we believe the true contribution of cannabis lies in its medical applications,” said Ed Robinson, chief executive of Bright Green Corporation. “Our vision is to improve the quality of life across a broad demographic group through the opportunities presented by medicinal applications of plant-based therapies, including cannabis derived products.”

Yes, we know all the jokes we’ll be cracking over the coming weeks. Lots of reasons why NM is regarded as a stoners’ paradise. But, we have a longer, stronger history of scientific and medical research and those will be the best jobs created by this investment.

Keep on rocking, Governor Michelle!

12 thoughts on “$300M cannabis research facility to be built in New Mexico

  1. p/s says:

    “New Mexico’s climate may lead to a smaller carbon footprint when growing cannabis” https://nmpoliticalreport.com/2021/07/28/new-mexicos-climate-may-lend-to-a-smaller-carbon-footprint-when-growing-cannabis/
    “…A study released in March of this year showed that as states move towards legalizing adult-use cannabis, greenhouse gases and energy consumption have gone up. The study also showed that some of the higher energy-use areas were in the southwest and midwest regions of the U.S. And while state regulators do not have any specific energy restrictions for cannabis growers, two people familiar with New Mexico’s cannabis industry said the state’s climate will likely play a key role in keeping the carbon footprint of cannabis small.
    See https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-021-00691-w.epdf?sharing_token=dsKTaIsideiRx3rweK99ldRgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0OYAQagqqJMDp2b842OW9bOT_Nv1Hm_pzlYUBk5w0AfceSPiCTykbPps2FNGoogiEjzHJe3blziScgmkWfMIAxvyZ6BUS2r4oBht5C_YM0huht1jVlzea6ArsR10Zi4gocbpP2Dwnu81N6wfhFTLuUI4DwhOlLDf_QiHH91Gp-gGTyzCjKxhxmhOI4w9Bc_R3E%3D&tracking_referrer=www.smithsonianmag.com
    “Does New Mexico have enough water for cannabis?” https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/does-new-mexico-have-enough-water-for-cannabis/article_3b7508b2-e332-11eb-ae57-93fe5137403d.html See also: “Navigating New Mexico’s water rights laws for cannabis growers” https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/navigating-new-mexicos-water-rights-laws-for-cannabis-growers/article_b765cb2a-e5b5-11eb-8ddd-e76cc8eabee8.html John Romero, director of the Water Resource Allocation Program of the State Engineer’s Office, said his office has been fielding up to 50 calls a day from people hoping to participate in New Mexico’s upcoming legal market for recreational cannabis.

  2. Trainwreck says:

    As New Mexico prepares for its new recreational-use cannabis industry, two cannabis producers are warning of an impending crisis if state regulators do not lift a moratorium on expanding existing medical cannabis production. https://nmpoliticalreport.com/2021/09/04/nm-medical-cannabis-producers-warn-of-cannabis-shortage-crisis/
    “…Recently finalized rules for cultivation require producers to reserve at least 25 percent of their supply for medical cannabis patients. In nearly every legal cannabis market across the country, cannabis retailers ran out of supply on the first day of legal sales. The required reserves are a way to address that, but Ford [Willie Ford, who runs the medical cannabis consulting and management firm Reynold Greenleaf and Associates] is not confident that New Mexico retailers will abide by that rule nor that regulators will be able to adequately enforce it.
    “I don’t understand how they’re going to even keep track of it,” Ford said. “You’re talking about millions and millions of grams of material sold. And they’re using an antiquated, non-functional software for their state traceability system.”

  3. Chimayóso says:

    New Mexico’s new recreational cannabis industry pits growers against communities, both needing a precious commodity: water. https://searchlightnm.org/recreational-cannabis-sparks-struggle-for-water-rights-in-parched-new-mexico/
    …But the problem goes deeper than cost. In many areas of New Mexico, there simply isn’t enough water to go around.
    The state is in a 20-year mega-drought — potentially the worst in 1,200 years, scientists report. New Mexico’s legalization occurred just as chile farmers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley were offered an incentive to leave their fields fallow in order to restore dangerously low groundwater levels [which household wells depend upon].

    “La raíz de todos los males es el amor al dinero.” [The root of all evils is love toward money].

  4. Sharecropper says:

    “Some cannabis firms see ‘disaster’ in federal legalization : Greenlighting marijuana for interstate trade would open new business opportunities but also expose existing state markets to a frenzy of national competitors.” https://www.politico.com/news/2021/09/26/weed-businesses-federal-legalization-514252
    …The prospect of lifting all federal prohibitions has some business owners, regulators and lawmakers afraid doing so too quickly will invite industry behemoths to eat up small companies and push minority-owned firms out altogether.
    Jeremy Unruh, vice president of regulatory and public affairs at PharmaCann, a multistate operator with facilities in New York, Illinois, Ohio and Massachusetts, believes large-scale cultivators will flock to states with cheap energy, looser labor and environmental standards, lower taxes and fees, and good outdoor growing conditions. Then they will export their cheap, mass-produced cannabis to the rest of the country. “You will see a dramatic shift of the economic opportunities that states like Colorado and Washington have enjoyed … to places like Mississippi and Georgia and New Mexico that have lower labor standards, lower environmental standards,” Unruh said.

  5. Mota says:

    “The U.S. is seeing an increased use of cannabis resulting from its legalization for recreational purposes, according to a study conducted at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The findings showed that passage of the laws led to a rise in the odds of past-year and past-month cannabis use among individuals of Hispanic, Other and non-Hispanic white race/ethnicity compared to the period prior to enacting laws for recreational use. However, most importantly, as of 2017, legalization did not lead to more frequent use, or cannabis use disorder among these groups. And no changes in use were observed among non-Hispanic Black people or among individuals aged 12-20 of all racial/ethnic groups, for whom cannabis use remains illegal. The findings are published in JAMA Open Network.” https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/929385

  6. p/s says:

    “Four state employees who initially filed a lawsuit against the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department over where they were assigned to work have asked the judge in the case to allow more claims to be added. The four plaintiffs filed a motion last week to amend their suit to include allegations that RLD and its Cannabis Control Division violated the state’s Whistleblower Protection Act.
    Matilde Colomo, Matthew Peralta, Martinik Gonzales and Jude Vigil claim, in their proposed amended complaint, that their bosses violated state law by ignoring concerns raised by employees regarding an illegal cannabis grow, moldy cannabis and an edible cannabis product that allegedly caused a consumer to have an “adverse reaction.”
    The judge in the case still must approve the filing of the amended complaint for it to move forward and according to the new filing, RLD opposes the motion.” https://nmpoliticalreport.com/2021/10/06/employees-seek-to-add-whistleblower-complaint-to-existing-suit-against-nm-cannabis-regulators/

  7. Mañana says:

    NM state regulators hear from the public about the proposed rules for cannabis courier, manufacturing, and retailing https://dispensarynewsnews.com/nm-state-regulators-hear-from-the-public-about-the-proposed-rules-for-cannabis-courier-manufacturing-and-retailing/
    Once the rules are finalized and approved by RLD Superintendent Linda Trujillo, they will go into effect and the state can begin accepting licenses for manufacturers, couriers and retail locations.

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