The legalization of cannabis in New Mexico caused a number of criminal records to be automatically expunged. But some eligible records are still on file and local dispensary Green Goods is helping people make sure their records have been cleared.
According to KOB TV, Green Goods held its first cannabis expungement session earlier this month. The cannabis retailer has teamed up with the Department of Public Safety to help make sure that all eligible records are wiped.
Albuquerque residents who were charged with a cannabis offense after 2000 will be able to check and make certain that the charge was expunged.
The group says they are looking for people with cannabis or paraphernalia charges. Those whose cannabis records include other drug charges or violent crimes are not eligible for help at the sessions at this time.
Green Goods’ next expungement session will be held on Oct. 1. For more information, go to visitgreengoods.com.
Biden Admin Won’t Address Pot Before Midterms
While speaking to reporters last week, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the Biden administration will not be making any cannabis reforms ahead of the midterms.
During a gaggle on Air Force One, a reporter asked Jean-Pierre if the president planned on legalizing marijuana before the midterms. She complains that the question keeps coming up before acknowledging that the president has no plans to follow through on his campaign promise to deschedule the drug and expunge federal cannabis criminal records before the midterms.
“The president believes that there are too many people serving unduly long sentences for non-violent drug crimes—a disproportionate number of whom are Black and brown,” the press secretary said. She once again reminded the press that Biden granted clemency to a number of drug offenders in April, although that action was not directly related to the president’s cannabis policies.
She also said that the president supports rescheduling cannabis as a Schedule II drug, expunging records and leaving cannabis policies up to individual states. “I don’t have anything else to share in the upcoming weeks.”
N.M. Pot Sales Break Record For Second Month
For the second month in a row, cannabis sales in New Mexico have broken state records.
In the first month of legal adult-use cannabis sales in New Mexico, consumers spent more than $39,400,000 on marijuana products—$22 million of that total was made solely by adult-use cannabis.
July of this year beat those sales, when New Mexico made $40,300,000 in cannabis sales—$23 million of which went to adult-use sales.
In August, sales once again broke the record. There were $40,600,000 in total sales last month, with more than $24 million in sales of adult-use products.
According to KRQE, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Hobbs and Sunland Park each also sold over $1 million in adult-use cannabis in August.