Albuquerque, New Mexico City Councilors Introduce Cannabis Decrim. Measure

City Councilors in Albuquerque, New Mexico have introduced a proposal to decriminalize cannabis possession of an ounce or less, the Associated Press reports. The measure would reduce penalties to $25 dollars and no jail time. Under current laws for the state’s largest city, police can issue $50 fines for first-time cannabis possession of an ounce […]

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19 Attorney Generals Send Letter to Congress Asking for Cannabis Banking Protection Legislation

Attorney generals from 17 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam have sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to “advance legislation that would allow states that have legalized medical or recreational use of marijuana to bring that commerce into the banking system” following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to rescind the Cole Memo protections. […]

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Study: 34% of Chronic Pain Patients Enrolled in MMJ Program Quit Pharmaceuticals

A new study by researchers from the University of New Mexico found that 34 percent of chronic pain patients enrolled in the study were able to cease using all prescription medications by the last six months of the 24-month observation period. The study included 83 chronic pain patients enrolled in the state’s medical cannabis program, […]

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Israeli and Canadian Firms Partner for Cannabis Production Plants in 4 U.S. States

Israel-based medical cannabis company Panaxia has partnered with Canada’s Bioceutical Corporation to set up four medical cannabis production plants in Arizona, Nevada, Maryland, and Massachusetts, according to a report from Globes. Last year, Panaxia set up a similar production facility in New Mexico, which went online in March. The agreement will see Bioceutical Corp., which […]

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New Mexico Health Secretary Rejects Adding ‘Opioid Use Disorder’ to MMJ List

New Mexico Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher has rejected several recommendations by the state Medical Cannabis Program advisory board, including their proposal to add “opioid use disorder” to the list of medical cannabis qualifying conditions, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports. The board had approved the measure 5-1 last November, which drew wide bipartisan support among […]

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New Mexico MMJ Company Wins Family Friendly Business Award

The Verdes Foundation, an Albuquerque-based medical cannabis company is the gold medal winner of the New Mexico Family-Friendly business award, Nonprofit Quarterly reports. The award is based on several factors including family leave policies, health and economic support and work schedules. Rachael Speegle, Verdes’ director of operations, called the honor “the most proud acknowledgment and […]

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New Mexico MMJ Program Sees Increased Patient Counts and Revenues

Enrollment in New Mexico’s medical cannabis program has grown 84 percent since Mar. 2016 pushing patient totals to 40,432 in April, according to an Albuquerque Journal report. Since Jan. 1 about 8,000 residents have signed up with the program and dispensary sales have nearly doubled from $9,964,922 from January to March last year to $19,021,494 […]

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Santa Fe, New Mexico Judge Allows Dispensary to Stay Open Through 4/20 Despite DOH Action

A Santa Fe, New Mexico judge has overruled a New Mexico Department of Health sanction against a medical cannabis dispensary after the department ordered the shop to close because it displayed a cannabis plant at the state fair in violation of rules requiring cannabis to “be housed on secured grounds,” the Albuquerque Journal reports. First […]

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New Mexico Governor Vetoes MMJ Expansion Bill

New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed her third cannabis-related bill this session, striking down a bill that would have expanded the state’s medical cannabis program. Last month Martinez vetoed two pieces of legislation that would have allowed for industrial hemp production in compliance with the 2014 Federal Farm Bill. The measure would have […]

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New Mexico Gov. Vetoes Industrial Hemp Bill

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed Senate Bill 6 on Saturday, which would have authorized the state to adopt a pilot industrial hemp program, NPR-affiliate KWRG reports. According to the report, the Republican governor offered no explanation for vetoing the measure, which passed both chambers of the legislature overwhelmingly. State Sen. Cisco McSorley, who sponsored […]

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Massive Greenhouse on New Mexico Tribal Land to Grow Medicinal Plants, Including Cannabis

Tribal land in New Mexico could soon be the site of a $160 million, 6 million-square-foot greenhouse that will cultivate and research medicinal plants including pennywort, Indian ginseng, and cannabis, the Associated Press reports. The project is a partnership between the Acoma Pueblo tribe and Delaware-based Bright Green Group of Companies. According to the report, […]

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Bills Passed to Expand MMJ, Legalize Industrial Hemp in New Mexico

Two bills have moved their way through separate houses of the New Mexico Legislature that would expand the state’s medical cannabis program, and exempt industrial hemp from New Mexico’s Controlled Substance Act. The medical cannabis proposal, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Cisco McSorley, was approved by the Senate 29-11but only after an amendment was filed removing […]

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New Mexico Hemp Bill Passes Second Committee, Moves to House for Vote

A bill that would remove hemp from New Mexico’s controlled substance list has passed through the state’s House Labor and Economic Development Committee, moving it to the House for a full vote, according to a report from the Tenth Amendment Center. If approved, the measure, HB.166 sponsored by Republican Rep. Ricky Little, would allow full-scale […]

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New Mexico Legislation Would Increase MMJ Possession Limits, Allow All Vets to Access Program

New Mexico’s Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a measure that would increase the amount of medical cannabis registered patients could possess and licensed producers could grow. The measure would also remove the THC limits for medical cannabis in the state, but some lawmakers are concerned that a section of the bill would permit military veterans […]

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Report: New Mexico MMJ Revenues Grew 64% in 2016

According to a report by New Mexico licensed medical cannabis operator UltraHealth, the state’s medical cannabis program revenues 64 percent from 2015 to 2016, increasing by $19 million and totaling more than $50.6 million in revenue. The most recent data from the state Department of Health shows patient counts increased from 18,628 in 2015 to 32,840 […]

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Adult-Use Bill Filed in New Mexico

Two Democratic New Mexico state Representatives have pre-filed legislation that would legalize adult-use cannabis in the state, setting up a system of licensing and taxes. The bill is sponsored by Representatives Bill McCamley and Javier Martínez. According to the bill text, the Cannabis Revenue and Freedom Act would allow personal possession of 1 ounce of […]

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New Mexico State Senators to Push for Legalization Next Session

A pair of New Mexico state senators plan on introducing legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis in the coming legislative session, which they say has the potential to help bridge the state’s growing budget gap, according to a KOB4 report. State Rep. Bill McCamley, a Democrat, said that the state is facing a budget shortfall of […]

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New Albuquerque Business to Serve NM’s Medical Cannabis Patients and Providers

MountainTop Extracts recently became New Mexico’s first licensed indoor BHO/PHO solvent-based extraction plant in their new state-of-the-art production facility located in Albuquerque. MountainTop spokesman, Jeremy McCollum, said the operation will be serving the burgeoning medical cannabis industry in New Mexico. McCollum stated, “Our focus is to produce and distribute safest and purest medicine for the […]

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New Mexico State Bar Association Advises Attorneys to Not Represent Cannabis Businesses

New Mexico’s State Bar Association is cautioning attorneys to represent medical marijuana dispensaries and growers at their own risk, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports. In a formal opinion, the State Bar’s Ethics Advisory Committee said that while a lawyer could comply with the Rules of Professional Conduct in representing cannabis-related businesses, they “may not […]

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New Mexico’s MMJ Program Marred by Application Processing Delays

Medical cannabis patients and providers in New Mexico are frustrated by the delay of medical card processing in the state, with wait times as long as 60 days, according to a KRQE report. “This is frustrating cause we try to provide… quality service and a lot of the time the patients don’t understand that it’s […]

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Medical Cannabis Sales Skyrocket in New Mexico

New Mexico’s medical marijuana industry has expanded rapidly over the last year and signs indicate more growth ahead. According to an Associated Press report, the number of registered patients has nearly tripled in comparison to the first quarter of last year — there are now just over 55,000 patients registered. Medical marijuana sales from the first quarter have also increased, from $5.7 million […]

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New Mexico MMJ Patients Suffering Through Bureaucratic Delays

Medical cannabis patients in New Mexico are suffering unduly long waiting periods while their medical marijuana patient enrollment applications are processed by the New Mexico Department of Health. And the longer they wait for legal access to their medicine, patients face increasing risks of both legal and health repercussions. Under state law, the Department of Health is […]

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New Mexico Health Department Releases List of Medical Cannabis Growers

The New Mexico Health Department has published its list of licensed medical cannabis growers online for public viewing. Prior to the release of this list, information concerning medical marijuana growers was kept confidential. State officials have said that the secrecy was due to privacy concerns — businesses and producers were at risk of being targeted by […]

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New Mexico Senate Blocks Move to Let Voters Decide Recreational Cannabis Issue

Legislators in New Mexico defeated a proposed bill that would have put the issue of cannabis legalization into the hands of voters. The New Mexico Senate voted down Senate Joint Resolution 5 by a vote of 24-17. The resolution, sponsored by Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-Albuquerque), would have put the question of legalizing recreational […]

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