Cannabis real estate is a very important to dispensaries in any state that have legalized either medical or recreational marijuana. New Mexico seems to have had some issues in completing deals for land to cultivate medical marijuana and it has mostly been the state that has posed the biggest challenges. Other states though have seen the industry boom and New Mexico is seeing some of that itself which seems to be greasing the wheels somewhat.
When it comes to cannabis, usually the discussion concerns revenue and taxes the crop can bring to state and local coffers. But leaders from Ultra Health and PurLife who spoke at a NAIOP breakfast Thursday discussed how New Mexico’s multimillion-dollar industry could also expand and affect real estate.
In 2016, the top 25 medical marijuana companies generated over $46 million in gross receipts and paid over $12.3 million in compensation to their employees.
Ultra Health and PurLife are medical marijuana companies both based in New Mexico.
Darren White is on the board of directors at PurLife, No. 20 on Albuquerque Business First’s Medical Marijuana Companies List. White said he knows the trouble of finding real estate for a cannabis company first hand. PurLife is opening a second location on Eubank and Montgomery this weekend but it took five months of negotiations with property owner Gene Hinkle to make it a reality. White is a former Bernalillo County Sheriff.
But White says times are starting to change and brokers are beginning to come to him and market properties toward his business. Duke Rodriguez, CEO and owner of Ultra Health is hoping even more change is on the horizon.
Rodriguez drew comparisons to Denver and illustrated New Mexico’s potential to be a leader in the next wave of cannabis production if it were legalized for social use in the state.
New Mexico became the 12th state to allow medical cannabis, according to the Department of Health. And eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana, according to Business Insider.
Ultra Health – which is No. 1 on our Medical Marijuana Companies List – leases 15 properties and owns two Rodriguez said and he plans to neg 15 properties more within the year.
“We haven’t had trouble finding locations,” he said. “The only difficulty is getting the state to move along.”
He said commercial cannabis cultivations occupied 4.2 million square feet of real estate in Denver after it was legalized. It was lawyers, bankers and real estate professionals that spearheaded the initiative for legalization, according to Rodriguez.