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New Mexicans spend $1.9 million on recreational marijuana in first 20 hours

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - As of 8 p.m. on Friday, New Mexicans had spent nearly $1.9 million on legal marijuana for recreational use, according to the state. Medical patients spent nearly $760,000 in that same period of time.

In Las Cruces, the bulk of the early sales came from R. Greenleaf, a dispensary that opened at midnight to hundreds of people in line. A spokeswoman confirmed at least 600 people waited in line overnight.

"I'm ready," said Jeremy Sandoval, a 26-year-old las Cruces resident who might have been the first in the state to legally buy marijuana for recreational use. "It is awesome. I feel really special. Really happy in this moment."

As ABC-7 reported, R. Greenleaf opened up at midnight because Las Cruces city leaders did not set operating hours for dispensaries.

Kate Bieri

Kate Bieri is ABC-7’s New Mexico Mobile Newsroom reporter and co-anchors ABC-7’s weekend evening newscasts.



      1. It will be now when thousands of drug addicted free loaders start to overwhelm the system in this area. They’re buying pot today and they’ll be in the food lines first thing Monday morning.

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