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Cannabis companies operating in the city of Albuquerque are now required to gain a city cannabis health permit to stay open.

Albuquerque’s health and safety laws were recently updated to include pre-packaged cannabis products. Now marijuana-infused edibles will be treated the same way as other prepackaged foods and retailers and manufacturers will be expected to maintain the same health and safety standards as other food manufacturers.

Permit fees range from $100 to $200 depending on the facility’s operations. Each licensed cannabis facility must have its own health permit. Going forward, anyone who applies for a cannabis permit in Albuquerque must obtain the health permit before opening. Existing cannabis businesses must obtain the permit to remain open.

The FBI said recently that previous CBD use will automatically disqualify prospective job applicants and contractors.

During a live Twitter chat last month, FBI Denver was asked about legal marijuana use for those looking to apply for a position in the agency.

“Although the use of marijuana and CBD may be legal at the state level,” responded the agent, “their use is an automatic disqualifier for FBI employees and contractors. You must wait for at least one year from your last use of CBD or marijuana before applying to the FBI.”

It’s unclear why the agency has decided to target CBD use in particular since the hemp-derived version of the compound was legalized by the 2018 Farm Bill. The federal Food and Drug Administration does not regulate the drug, however.

FBI job eligibility guidance says that FBI job candidates “cannot have used marijuana or cannabis in any form (natural or synthetic) and in any location (domestic or foreign) within the one (1) year preceding the date of their application for employment.”

State Fair To Feature Pot Exhibit

This year visitors to the New Mexico State Fair will be able to see a brand-new educational exhibit featuring cannabis.

State Fair officials have announced that the brand-new Discovering Cannabis exhibit—the first of its kind in New Mexico—will be on display at this year’s event. The 21-and-over exhibit will provide a space for fairgoers to ask questions about cannabis, its recent legalization and how it will affect the state’s economy. It will also feature educational talks on growing cannabis at home, the science of marijuana and its use as a medicine.

Vendors will also be offering a variety of cannabis related products, although no actual cannabis will be given away.

“This is what the Fair does,” said State Fair general manager Dan Mourning in a press release. “We want folks to get solid, factual information provided by professionals and experts who have committed their careers to getting this industry off the ground in New Mexico.”

The Discovering Cannabis exhibit will be located inside the Manuel Lujan Building on the fairgrounds.