How to be a responsible cannabis tourist

In 2021, New Mexico passed the Cannabis Regulation Act (CRA 2021) legalizing the recreational use of cannabis. However, when traveling throughout the state, please bear in mind that each municipality may have its own ordinances governing the use of marijuana in its township, city, or county. In addition to knowing the local ordinances, here are a few tips on how to be a responsible cannabis tourist in Las Cruces.

Keep it in New Mexico

Even though cannabis use is legal in Las Cruces on private property, it is illegal to transport or mail it out of state.

Know where you can use it

Currently, cannabis consumption is restricted to indoor private property use only. However, this may change as New Mexico begins issuing cannabis consumption area licenses in the near future. Always confirm with establishment or property owner before consumption.

Take it slow

If this is your first-time consuming cannabis, make sure to take it easy. While smoking marijuana can hit most fairly quick, edibles can take up to four hours to take effect. Using too much cannabis can lead to paranoia and anxiety so less is better.

Don’t drive high

Driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal. It is also dangerous to you and others on the road and can lead to a DUI charges and hefty penalties.

Must be over 21

You must be over 21 years of age to purchase and use marijuana. Currently, you can possess a maximum of two ounces outside your home and it cannot be visible when out and about so discretion is key.

Lock it up

If you leave your cannabis at your hotel or home, make sure to lock it up in your hotel safe or a cabinet. This will not only safeguard your stash but will also protect children and pets from accidental use.

Know the laws

Cannabis consumption brings with it its own set of challenges as legislation, laws and ordinances are continually changing. You are responsible for knowing what is and is not legal cannabis use in the area you are consuming it. Know the laws so you can enjoy responsibly.

What is Allowed

Purchase and possession at one time, by individuals over 21 years of age:

  • 2 ounces of cannabis flowers.
  • 16 grams of cannabis extract.
  • 800 mg of edible cannabis.

May possess greater amounts if stored in a private residence.

6 mature and 6 immature plants per person (Household limit of 12 plants).

Visit Las Cruces does its best to stay up to date but for the most current regulations please visit Cannabis in New Mexico - New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Department.

Download or Print our Cannabis Quick Reference Card