A small town just an hour west of Albuquerque, Grants is best known for being a stop along the Trail of the Ancients Byway and the iconic Route 66. The town is defined by local and farm-to-table experiences, with plenty of mom-and-pop restaurants and small boutiques lining the main stretch of the city. A Route 66 museum, the New Mexico Mining Museum, and weekly farmer’s markets are some of the most visited attractions in-city. Grants is surrounded by natural splendor, with Mount Taylor and the Gooseberry Springs Trail just a few miles to the east, the El Malpais National Conservation Area and Monument to the south, and Blue Water State Park just to the west. Whether you want some quiet time alone in the New Mexico wilderness or a fun trip to an unsuspecting town, Grants is a place to put on your list.
Grants also has several medical dispensaries available for anyone who is part of the state’s medical marijuana program. The two dispensaries currently operational in Grants are open from 10 AM to 6 PM. Additionally, if you are medical marijuana patient, you may grow up to 16 mature plants at your home so long as it is out of sight of the public. New Mexico legalized medical marijuana in 2007 and recently decriminalized up to a half-ounce of marijuana possession in April 2019. While decriminalization means anyone caught with less than half an ounce of marijuana will only be charged a $50 civil fee, it is still illegal to possess adult-use marijuana. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is an advocate for legalization, however, and has put the issue on the 2021 legislature docket. Please check back in for future updates on New Mexico’s marijuana laws and legalization.