Small cannabis businesses seeking assistance received an extra boost in funding after lawmakers in the New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committee approved a bill that would offer loans up to $250,000 to business owners.
Members of the panel voted 9-2 to vote in favor of the New Mexico Finance Authority’s proposal to use the funds coming in as a continuous source of funding to finance loans.
“There are no other sources of capital available to these microbusinesses,” Marquita D. Russel the chief executive officer for the New Mexico Finance Authority, announced following the announcement. “It will greatly benefit applicants for micro-businesses. “
Microbusinesses comprise firms that produce or sell more than 200 cannabis plants at a time.
The decision was taken six weeks after the time when the committee had voted to reject the same plan, and it was not clear on the terms and conditions of the loan. This time, Russel provided a nine-page rule book that provided specifics on this loan. This document was set to be completed at the end of February or March.
The most recent information includes the latest information: While loans of between $250,000 and $250,000 might be available, Russel said she thinks that the most common amount of loans could be in the range of 100000. What are the terms for loans that will range from one to five years? A minimum 5 percent equity requirement needs to be established. Those who are seeking to borrow will need to have a guarantee from an individual of the repayment. Additionally, applicants must submit an enterprise plan with greater than 3 years of financial projections.
Rate of Interest: 2.5 percent or
3 percent based on the amount of the loan.
The loans are designed to fund capital projects, such as the acquisition, rental, or construction of greenhouses, structures, or security systems as well as irrigation and lighting systems as well as payments for utility bills or marketing.
The money will target rural communities as well as the less fortunate and entrepreneurs who are minorities.
“This is an important step if we want some of our participants to succeed,” said Rep. Tara Lujan, from Santa Fe, who is one of those who voted for the bill.
Some members of the committee were supportive. Rep. Jack Chatfield, from Mosquero, the Mosquero state Mosquero along with the entire state of Mosquero said that, since the cultivation and use of cannabis for recreational purposes is an offense in the Federal government, only a few banks can handle credit or financial transactions relating to business.
He inquired Russel the amount that the loanees were willing to be able to pay back this credit.
“Are they planning to take cash in a small bag into the Capitol and walk up the steps, then arrive here to hand it over to someone? ” He asked.
Russel said the existence of two banks. Russel determined institutions: Southwest Capital Bank and U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union will be taking into account deposits from the cannabis industry. Both banks are considering offering loans for cannabis businesses shortly, as per GAD Capital
Senator. Ron Griggs, R-Alamogordo He was worried that the legislation might produce anything other than the appearance of an “end run” around the Legislature that has the final authority to authorize states to spend. Griggs stated that he believes the issue needs to be discussed “on the floor of the Legislature and not just among the members of the committee that could make it a doable deal. ” Griggs was among two members of the legislature who opposed the bill.
The year in question governor. Michelle Lujan Grisham who is a Democrat who has long been a staunch supporter of legalizing marijuana use and possession within New Mexico signed the Cannabis Regulation Act — which permits the manufacture and selling of marijuana to individuals who are over 21. The state’s Regulation and Licensing Department’s Control Division for Cannabis Control Division is responsible for the law’s new provisions.
Following the information that was provided by Heather Brewer, a spokeswoman for the Cannabis Control Division, 1,947 applicants have sought permits to grow cannabis. Of these 1,339 are micro-businesses.
At present, only 122 applications have been completed and received. The applicant didn’t provide a precise detail of the number of micro-businesses on the list. She also said that no producers licenses for which the new producers.
The legal sales of cannabis will begin in April. The senator. Daniel Ivey Soto, D-Albuquerque and a supporter of the program’s loan program, expressed concern about the timeline to make the program work.
“I am concerned about where we are on time,” said the man. “I’m deeply worried about where we are at in regards to getting their plants into the market at the right time needed to be ready for March Fool’s Day, 2022. We’re hoping we don’t get the joke as everyone is trying to buy cannabis to use as an adult on the day. “