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Is Cannabis Going to be Legalized in New Mexico?

Ever since New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham took office, she has been a major advocate of legalizing marijuana. You may have read one of the articles discussing the details of the bill or heard the media buzz around the bill and the current legislative session. Regardless of where you stand, it is essential to be informed. 

We wanted to break down (or grind down 😉 ) precisely what has been going on, what the next steps look like, and what you need to know. 

Let’s start with the Basics.

The governor has pushed to legalize recreational cannabis. Currently, New Mexico has legalized medical cannabis, which means only those with a medical card can access it. New Mexico is one of 33 states with legalized medical marijuana and could potentially be the 12th to legalize it recreationally. 

So What?

If this passes, it would mean that anyone above the age of 21 would be able to purchase and use cannabis without any legal repercussions. If this bill passes, we would be looking at the start date of July 2021. 

The taxes on recreational pot would be around 17-19% and taxes for medical patients and low-income patients would vary. That means that qualifying patients would be able to have access to medical-grade marijuana without intensive financial barriers. Having medical marijuana in a different tax bracket for low-income patients and medical cardholders is an incredible addition to the bill, not mentioned in previous bill proposals. This allows everyone an equal opportunity to explore the benefits of marijuana. 

The plan calls for a ban on using characters and minors in advertising (along with the establishment of your prevention and education programs), and food-grade testing of marijuana products. 

In other states, there is an option for local government to opt-out of legal weed. This plan will prohibit any local New Mexican government from banning the sale of recreational cannabis (although local zoning rules can still interfere)  

The plan suggests that the revenue from recreational cannabis goes towards housing, local business, and education for marginalized communities in New Mexico. The bill points out that this would be an excellent opportunity for local tribes, nations, and pueblos. 

And What About the Little Guys?

Great question! We have often seen industries that have massive barriers to entry (licensing fees, insurance, etc.), which only allow big players to enter the market. The governor’s plan focuses on keeping licensing fees low (to about $500 per month), so that small businesses and start-ups have easy entry into the industry. 

That means you will have the ability to support local. Remember to always vote with your wallet!

What Happens During These Next 30 Days?

There are a few steps in between where we are now and the legalization of recreational marijuana. We wanted to break down the process, so you can understand where we are and where has to happen for this bill to pass:

  1. A bill is filed.

*This can happen either before or at the beginning of a legislative session

  1. Once the bill is filed, the proper committee looks through it and can either make any changes necessary to get the votes needed to pass or vetoes the bill.
  2. The committee then votes to send it to the main floor.
  3. If the bill passes on the main floor, it is voted on by the house of representatives.
  4. If it passes through the house of representatives, then it goes to the Senate. 
  5. If the Senate passes the bill, it goes to the governor, and she decides to either sign or veto the bill. 

Currently, three out of every four New Mexicans are in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana.

Can I Do Anything?

You can! Getting involved during the legislative session is a great way to have your voice heard. This article will walk you through finding your representative, helping you figure out what to say, and how to make an impact while doing it. 

Trishelle Kirk, Everest’s Director of Operations, has been passionate about this movement from the get-go, “There is a stigma to cannabis that, like many stigmas, is built from a lack of information. Legislators and detractors get caught on the “cannabis” part of the business and forget the economic impact from the opportunity of doubling or tripling the size of the industry. 

This issue isn’t a question of cannabis being part of our community, cannabis has been part of our society for decades. This is a question of whether or not the New Mexico legislature wants to see exponential growth in this industry. 

New Mexico needs growing industries. Studies have shown that moving from a medical cannabis program to an adult-use program will create 11,000 jobs. 11,000 opportunities. 11,000 careers. Cannabis companies are also required to have majority local ownership, which means profits will be reinvested back into our community.

We all agree that for years, our New Mexico law enforcement has needed more training and more resources, adult-use cannabis revenue would be a fantastic financial tool. We all agree that better drug and alcohol education in our K-12 schools is long overdue, tax dollars from cannabis can facilitate such programs financially.

The question isn’t IF we have the opportunity to grow, it’s WHEN will we decide to take it?”.

Everest is proud to deliver the highest quality experiences cannabis can offer. Each product is cultivated, grown, and produced with a desire to help the end-user in the most organic, pure, and efficient way possible. 

We’re here because you deserve the best: the purest cannabis and high-quality information to go alongside it. 

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UPDATE: January 28, 2020 – The bill has passed the Senate Public Affairs Committee. The next still for the bill is to move to the Senate Finance Committee. Now is the time to call your representative and tell them that you are in favor of this bill passing! We will continue updating this blog. 

UPDATE: February 12, 2020 – The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-4 on Wednesday to table the bill. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is still dedicated to legalizing marijuana and has a task force working on continuing the push for legalization.



It’s Our Birthday

A Full Day of Birthday Deals
This Tuesday, February 26 marks one year since we opened our NE Heights dispensary located on Juan Tabo and Eubank in the Mountain Run Shopping Center. We’re celebrating with specials across all locations with a few more exclusively in the NE Heights.

Exclusive NE Heights Deals:

Herbal Edibles, “The Sauce” 1g. = $55.00
“Excite-Mint” Personal Lubricant = $5.00 off
Spend $55 or more and get a free hat or t-shirt


Specials Across All Locations:
King Louis or White Fire .5g Pre-Rolls $3.00
HeyDay™ Strain Specific Cannabis Oil $2.00 Off
White Label Wax $2.00 Off
HeyDay™ Effect Specific DayTime & NighTime $5.00 Off
All HooDoo™ Concentrates $2.00 Off
All Edibles $2.00 Off


Saturday, January 12 Save 25% On All Bhang Chocolate

Stop into any Everest Apothecary this Saturday, January 12 and save 25% on a wide variety of Bhang medicinal chocolate bars and nuggets.

Dark Chocolate – Milk Chocolate – Peppermint Ice Chocolate – Salted Toffee Chocolate – Cookies & Cream – Cherries & Cream

200mg Bars: $20 $15
120mg Bars: $14.50 $10.88
50mg Nuggets: $8 $6
30mg Nuggets: $6 $4.50

Offer valid at all locations. While supplies last. Cannot be combined with any other Everest offers or discounts.


South Valley is NOW OPEN!

Press Release

Contact:         Joanie Griffin (505) 261-4444, jgriffin@griffinassoc .com

Everest Apothecary Opens Third Location

ALBUQUERQUE – Everest Apothecary announced the opening of its third location and the only medical cannabis dispensary in the South Valley. The new 1,100 square-foot venue is located at 4201 Central Ave. NW, Suite B-6, in the El Super Shopping Center. The South Valley location will add 11 jobs and be managed by Jefferson King.

The new Everest Apothecary location will offer a full-range of strains grown at the company’s North Valley facility and all cultivated by using the most natural methods for cannabis cultivation. In addition to the Everest cannabis flower products and Everest-produced concentrates, the company also is offering a full-line of edibles by New Mexico’s top manufacturers.

“Medical cannabis has been proven to provide relief to people with a variety of conditions including epilepsy, cancer, PTSD, Alzheimer’s, MS and many others,” said Rich Miller, Everest Apothecary Director of Sales.

“The South Valley has been grossly underserved, and we are thrilled to be the first medical cannabis company to open in the area. Our experienced team will be able to provide education as well as product knowledge to the residents of the South Valley.”

For more information, go to EverestNM.com, call 505-836-8620 or email at info@local-server-dev.com.

Store Hours are Mon – Sat 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.. Sunday 12 – 6 p.m.

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New Product Launch – hoodoo™ Snoop’s Dream Rosin

Flavor. Aroma. Effect.

Our 100% solventless rosin won “Best Concentrate” at this year’s Essie Awards. This powerful rosin is rich with limonene, farnesene and beta caryophyllene and provides benefits for inflammation, muscle spasms, pain relief, anxiety and more.  Stop into any Everest Apothecary and discover the full flavor, aroma and effect of hoodoo™ Snoop’s Dream Rosin.

Myrcene 50%

A powerful anti-inflammatory that relaxes muscles and acts as a sedative, this terpene contributes to the couch-lock feeling associated with indica.

Pinene 33%

Anti-inflammatory, Bronchodilator (helps improve airflow to lungs), Helps counter short-term memory loss associated with THC, Promotes alertness

Caryophyllene 5%

Relieves Pain, Boosts Immune System Function, Alleviates Stress and Anxiety, Reduces Inflammation, Promotes Healthy Digestion,

Pressing process maintains “essence” of the plant (original flavor and fragrance), terpene preservation, flavor and aroma as well as effect.


Celebrating 2 Years in Business

We’re turning two!This Friday, December 21, marks two years since we opened our doors at our 4th Street location. We are honored to have served patients in our community over the last couple of years and become part of the local cannabis industry. Patients are invited to celebrate with us this Friday, December 21, at all locations with great deals all day long!

$2 OFF Select edibles, concentrates and topicals.
$2 OFF Gorilla Glue, King Louis the XIII x Copper Chem and White Fire OG prerolls.

$7 Grams on select strains White Fire OG and Arise.

Offers valid at all locations. While supplies last. Cannot be combined with any other Everest offers or discounts.


New Product Launch: Super Tutti Shatter

Two Great Strains Come Together

New hoodoo™ Super Tutti shatter is a combination of Super Lemon OG, known for its relaxing body effects and uplifting sativa influence, and peppy and euphoric Tutti Frutti. The result is a terpene-rich, sativa-dominant concentrate that relieves pain, enhances mood and helps maintain focus. Available for $30 per .5g at all three Everest dispensaries this Saturday, December 15.

 

 


Medicated Biscochitos & Hot Cocoa Make the Perfect Pair

What’s the best way to eat New Mexico’s state cookie? With rich, delicious hot cocoa!

Stop by any Everest Apothecary location for some holiday goodies. Our medicated hot cocoa mix and biscochito cookies have arrived. Each pack is infused with 50mg. of medication.

Hot cocoa mix is available with peppermint or marshmallows for $9 each.

A four-pack of Biscochito cookies are $6 each.

Available at all three Everest locations while supplies last! Limit two per visit


Discover the Tangy Punch of Everest’s New Tutti Frutti Strain

Our own phenotype of the Juicy Fruit strain developed by Sensi Seeds, Tutti Frutti is a sativa-dominant hybrid that helps alleviate pain and stress. It evokes a euphoric effect that combats depression while curbing nausea to improve appetite. Testing at over 25% THC, this uplifting strain will get you through the day with a smile on your face and a pep in your step.

Now available on the top shelf of all three Everest locations!


Our South Valley Shop Opens Monday, December 3!

The wait is nearly over! We are thrilled to announce the grand opening of our third location on will be this Monday, December 3, 2018.  Conveniently located at Central & Atrisco, our doors will open at 9 a.m. with great grand opening specials you won’t want to miss!

Grand Specials:

  • 1/2g Flower (or preroll) to all new patients that spend $15 or more. (psst..all patients are considered new on their first visit to the new shop!)
  • $5 Off All Heyday 100% cannabis oil cartridges.
  • $5 Off All hoodoo concentrates.
  • 10% Off All Bhang Chocolates
  • 10% Off All Herbal Edibles Baked Goods

3rd Location. 3rd of December. 3x the Points.

Earn triple points on all purchases made at our new shop opening day.

We are located at: 4201 Central Ave. Suite B6, Albuquerque, NM 87105. Stop by and visit us Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 12-6 p.m. To contact our South Valley shop call 505-836-8685.

We look forward to serving our patients in the South Valley!

Offers valid at our Central and Atrisco shop Monday, December 3, only while supplies last. Cannot be combined with any other Everest discounts.