Organtica founder David White stands in the company’s Albuquerque dispensary. White helped found NM Micro Biz to help smaller cannabis producers compete with large out-of-state companies. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

Now that cannabis is legal for recreational use in New Mexico, growers – including large, established medical cannabis producers – are jockeying for market share.

But what about the smaller producers – the mom-and-pop growers trying to break into an industry that some feel has been weighted toward bigger businesses?

A new industry group known as NM Micro Biz just popped up that’s designed to provide smaller medical cannabis producers – so-called “microbusinesses” – with the tools and education they need to succeed in a market that may soon be dominated by bigger companies.

Organtica sales manager Grace White fixes a display of products at the company’s Albuquerque dispensary. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

“We need more local businesses, because the big boys are coming to town,” said Sarah Dolk, an employee at the New Mexico dispensary Organtica and one of the organizers of NM Micro Biz, along with Organtica founder David White.

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White told the Journal that the focus will be on creating voluntary collaboration between medical cannabis producers, including offering education and other resources

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