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New Mexico eyes higher plant limit for marijuana producers


  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico regulatory agency hopes to avoid a possible marijuana shortage by raising the number of plants that licensed producers could produce. The state Regulation and Licensing Department last week raised the previously planned per-grower limit of 4,500 plants to 8,000, and the Santa Fe New Mexican reports that producers also would be able to apply for incremental increases of 500 with a total cap of 10,000. The change responds to concerns that the 4,500-plant limit would lead to a supply shortage. New Mexico’s legalization of possession, use and growth of small amounts of recreational marijuana took effect June 29.