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“Cost wise, cannabis can fetch prices of up to $400 an ounce. And if you can grow cannabis in the backyard for pennies an ounce then you are really saving a lot of money,” McGuire said.

As New York’s new marijuana laws begin to go into effect, medical card holders will soon have much greater access.

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Both indoor and outdoor growing will be allowed. Cannabis plants usually smell when they are ready to be harvested. According to experts, filtration devices can help with that.

“They will be able to grow up to six plants for their own personal use. Three which will be full grown, three in their immature stages, not flowering yet,” he said.

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Attorney David Holland is a marijuana activist and executive director of Empire State Norml.

You can also grow your own marijuana from home but are limited to six plants for an individual or 12 for a household with two or more adults over 21 years old. But as far as where you can use it, public places are off-limits. However, cities can create their own cannabis consumption areas. Even then, people will have to wait at least until April 1, 2022, to buy it in dispensaries.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Possessing and growing cannabis becomes legal in New Mexico on June 29 but there are some limits. Even though people 21 years and older can have a certain amount of marijuana on them, they still won’t be able to buy it in stores until next year.

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For lawmakers like Romero, the goal was to decriminalize marijuana. “This is legal,” said Rep. Romero. “No longer people have to fear or worry about getting arrested or incarcerated for something that is legal.”

As far as enforcement goes, New Mexico State Police said they’ll still be on the lookout for impaired drivers and for people who possess more than the legal limit. “Just like with alcohol, if you choose to use don’t drive, period,” said Cpt. Micah Doering with the NMSP. “Drugged or alcohol-impaired drivers, our enforcement techniques are not going to change at all.”


“Could be sooner depending on the Regulations and Licensing Department offers the opportunity but that really deals with a lot of rulemaking that needs to be in place before April first,” said Rep. Romero. Don’t even think about visiting our neighbor to the north, Colorado, to buy weed there and bring it back to New Mexico. “Legally you can’t cross state lines it’s still against federal law for you to purchase it in another state and then come here,” said Rep. Romero.