New Cannabis Legislation Paves the Way for Economic Growth
The Cannabis Control Division, created by the Cannabis Regulation Act that passed the Legislature earlier this year, was established as part of the Regulation & Licensing Department. As such, the Superintendent will oversee the division and is responsible for issuing and implementing the rules for adult-use cannabis production and sales in New Mexico.
Linda Trujillo began her career in state government at the Regulation and Licensing Department in 2006. She was hired as the Deputy Director for the Boards and Commissions Division during Governor Richardson’s administration. In 2011, Linda moved to the State Records Center and Archives and in 2014 she was appointed by the Commission of Public Records to serve as the State Records Administrator.
Linda also has a long history of supporting and advocating for public education. Prior to attending law school, she gained first-hand experience in the classroom as a Head Start teacher and then as a volunteer coordinator for a school district in Washington State. As the first person in her family to attend college, Linda has seen how education can have a positive impact on a family. She believes that public education is the foundation of our democracy and that we have a responsibly to ensure all students can access a quality education – regardless of zip code. Linda earned an associate degree in early childhood education from Green River Community College, a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Evergreen State College, and a Juris Doctorate from the Seattle University School of Law.
In 2011 and again in 2015, Linda was elected to serve on the Santa Fe Public Schools Board of Education. In 2014, the New Mexico School Boards Association (NMSBA) awarded her School Board Member of the Year and in 2017, she served as President of the NMSBA.
In November of 2016 and again in 2018, Linda was elected to the New Mexico State House of Representatives. During this period of time, Linda worked at Walsh Gallegos, a private law firm representing school districts around the state.