New Mexico lawmakers injected a dose of political pressure Monday into an unwavering but so far unsuccessful effort to add opioid use disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis in New Mexico.
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Enrollment Gaining in New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program
The New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program started 2018 on a high note, with the most enrolled patients it has ever had. As the month of January came to an end, the program had 47,840 registered patients, a nearly 50% increase from January 2017.
NM Medical Cannabis Enrollment Up Nearly 50 Percent
ALBUQUERQUE, Feb. 8, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program ended January 2018 with 47,840 enrolled patients according to the New Mexico Department of Health report, a 49 percent increase over the same month in 2017.
New Mexico Senate Rules Committee Approves Legalization Bill
Recreational cannabis might be heading for the New Mexico ballot in 2018. On Feb. 2, 2018, the New Mexico Senate Rules Committee voted 4-3 to approve Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino’s Senate Joint Resolution 4, a measure which would allow state residents to vote on cannabis legalization in the next general election.
New Mexico’s Marijuana Legalization Resolution Passes Out of Senate Rules Committee
SANTA FE, N.M., Feb. 2, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Today, a legislative committee voted in favor of taxing and regulating marijuana in New Mexico. On a vote of 4-3 New Mexico State Senator Ortiz y Pino’s (D-12-Bernalillo) Senate Joint Resolution 4 (SJR4) passed the Senate Rules Committee.
New Mexico Introduces Marijuana Legalization Bill
SANTA FE, N.M., Jan. 31, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Today, New Mexico State Representative Javier Martinez introduced House Bill 312 to tax and regulate marijuana. Rep. Martinez envisions an industry that will support economic growth and begins to dismantle failed drug war policies that hurt New Mexicans.
Ultra Health Announces Nation’s First In-Depth, Experiential Cannabis Dispensary and Second Cultivation Site
ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Jan. 16, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Ultra Health distributed 230,415 copies of an informational printed media insert to 19 newspapers across New Mexico from January 10, 2018 to January 14, 2018, reaching nearly one third of New Mexican households.
New Mexico Medical Cannabis Enrollment Reaches 46,645 By Year End
ALBUQUERQUE, Jan 5., 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Patient enrollment in New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program hit 46,645 as of December 31, 2017, finishing the year with a 61 percent increase over the January 1, 2017 cardholder numbers. The New Mexico medical program appears to be growing at nearly twice the pace of neighboring Arizona.
New Mexico Legislator Wants Marijuana on the 2018 Electoral Ballot
A New Mexico legislator is once again working to legalize recreational marijuana. On Dec. 21, 2017, state Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino introduced a measure that would put a ballot amendment legalizing recreational marijuana on the 2018 electoral ballot.
New Mexico Medical Cannabis Enrollment Sees Record 77 Percent Increase
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Dec. 11, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Patient enrollment in New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program reached 45,347 as of November 30, 2017, a 77 percent increase and a 19,650 net patient gain over the same period last year.
New Mexico Study Finds Medical Marijuana May Help Reduce Opioid Addiction
Medical marijuana may help reduce opioid addiction in patients suffering from chronic pain, according to a new study published in the open access journal PLOS ONE.
The Smoking Hot Marijuana Show advocates for Cannabis Legalization in New Mexico
TAOS, N.M., Oct. 24, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Season three of The Marijuana Show series will be filmed in Taos culminating in two events open to the public on November 4 and 5th, 2017.
New Mexico Medical Pot Program Making Changes to Keep Up With Growth
New Mexico’s booming medical pot program is undergoing changes that are intended to help alleviate growing pains, a state Department of Health official told lawmakers this week.
Medical Cannabis Provider Sets New Single Month Record
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Oct. 4, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Ultra Health, New Mexico’s #1 Cannabis Company, achieved $1.1 million in sales for the month of September 2017, the highest single month revenue ever recorded by a New Mexico cannabis provider.
Fearful of Losing Funding, Albuquerque Denies Medical Marijuana Bus Ads
The city of Albuquerque has denied a New Mexico medical marijuana provider the chance to advertise their business on city buses. Citing federal funding concerns, Ultra Health, the state’s top medical marijuana company, will have to forego plans to promote its business via the ABQ Ride Buses.
Medical Cannabis Provider Denied Advertising on City Transit
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Sept. 27, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Ultra Health, New Mexico’s #1 Cannabis Company, has been denied the opportunity to advertise on the ABQ Ride Buses due to concerns about losing federal funding.
Ultra Health Opens Eighth Location, Now in Six N.M. Counties
ALAMOGORDO,N.M., Aug. 28, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Ultra Health, New Mexico’s #1 medical cannabis company, will officially open its eighth location in Alamogordo, N.M., on Tuesday, August 29. The eighth location will also make Ultra Health the nation’s largest vertically integrated, seed-to-sale medical cannabis network in the country.
New Mexico Medical Cannabis Providers Pay $2.93 Million for 14,550 Plants
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Aug. 8, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The 35 Licensed Non-Profit Producers (LNPPs) licensed a total of 14,550 plants through July 31, 2018, an increase of 750 plants or 5 percent since August 1, 2016, while the program’s enrollment is expected to grow by more than 42,000 patients or 150 percent for the same period.
Smokeless Medical Cannabis Products Released in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., June 28, 2017 /Weed Wire/ —Ultra Health, New Mexico’s #1 medical cannabis company with a nationwide presence, has released the first pharmaceutical grade, accurately dosed medical cannabis products to the New Mexico market.
Veto Would Prevent New Mexico From Researching Industrial Hemp
Legislators sue Gov. Susana Martinez over “illegal vetoes” of ten bills, one of those being a bill that would allow researchers to study industrial hemp.
Ultra Health Files Freedom of Speech Lawsuit
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., May 31, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — New Mexico Top Organics-Ultra Health filed a complaint against three EXPO New Mexico officials for unconstitutional attempts to limit the company’s rights to display a cannabis educational and informative booth at the New Mexico State Fair in 2017.
New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program Surpasses 40,000 Patients
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., May 9, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – The Medical Cannabis Program’s patient enrollment reached 40,432 patients as of April 30, 2017, an increase of more than 5,500 patients since March according to the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH).
New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program Sees Record Sales Day
SANTA FE, N.M., April 24, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Based upon historical data, estimates show total single-day revenue for New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program reached $800,000 on April 20, 2017, three times the revenue over the same period last year. More than 12,400 patients purchased 124 pounds of cannabis each spending an average of $65.
Decision Pending on Adding Opioid Use Disorder for Medical Marijuana in New Mexico
SANTA FE, N.M., April 7, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — On Friday, April 7, New Mexico could become the first state in the nation to specifically list opioid use disorder as medical condition that qualifies for access to the state medical marijuana program.
Bill that Would Add Opioid Use Disorder to List of Conditions that Qualify for Medical Marijuana in New Mexico Heads to Governor’s Desk
SANTA FE, N.M., March 20, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Late Friday night, the New Mexico State Senate approved a bill that would make changes to New Mexico’s medical marijuana law.
New Mexico Decriminalization Bill Passes House Committee
Although hopes for legalizing recreational marijuana in New Mexico have been sidelined until the next legislative session, marijuana advocates might yet score a legislative victory in the Land of Enchantment.
New Mexico Senator Hopes to Reduce Penalties for Having Marijuana
New Mexico senator Joseph Cervantes, hopes to reduce the state’s penalties for possession of marijuana.
New Mexico Bill Would Allow Veterans to Purchase Medical Marijuana
On Feb. 8, 2017, the New Mexico Senate Judiciary Committee voted to endorse Senate Bill 8, a bill that would, among many other changes, allow United States military veterans residing in New Mexico to use medical marijuana, regardless of diagnosis.
New Mexico Legislators Push Pot Legalization as a Boost to State’s Coffers
Two New Mexico state legislators are touting marijuana legalization as a way to bring more revenue into the state’s coffers. Rep. Bill McCamley, a Democrat from Mesilla Park, NM, has sponsored a bill in the New Mexico House of Representatives that would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for adults. Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, a Democrat from Albuquerque, has sponsored an identical bill in the Senate.
Experts in New Mexico Support MMJ as Tool to Tackle Opioid Crisis
On Nov. 4, 2016, the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board to the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program voted in favor of adding “opiate use disorder” to the state’s list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana as a treatment option.
Medical Marijuana in New Mexico: Health Impact
Medical marijuana patient and doctor defend the usage of marijuana for those with illnesses and how it contributes to the betterment of their health.
University of New Mexico Launches Medical Cannabis Research Fund
On Sept. 28, 2016, the University of Mexico announced the Medical Cannabis Research Fund. Associate Professor Jacob Vigil in the Department of Psychology created the MCRF to aid medical cannabis research in social and biomedical sciences.
Backlog of Medical Cannabis Applications Creates Outrage in New Mexico
In recent days, the New Mexico Department of Health has come under fire from residents and state officials failing to process medical marijuana card applications in a timely manner.
People Smoke the Most Marijuana in These 10 states
24/7 Wall Street CEO Douglas McIntyre looks at the 10 states where people smoke the most marijuana.
Marijuana Policy Project Endorses Gary Johnson for President
The Marijuana Policy Project has endorsed Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson for president. “We don’t take a position—and we therefore don’t take into account a candidate’s position—on other issues, such as abortion, guns, gay rights, Iraq, taxes, or Social Security,” Rob Kampia, Executive Director of the Marijuana Policy Project, said.
Medical Marijuana Sales Are Way Up in New Mexico
The number of licensed medical marijuana patients who purchased cannabis in New Mexico grew from 18,062 in the first quarter of 2015 to 55,016 in the same period this year.
Bureaucratic Delays Keep Patients From Medical Pot in New Mexico
In New Mexico, the Department of Health is taking longer than legally allowed to approve applications for medical marijuana cards. While the law requires the state’s work on applications to be completed within 30 days, the Department of Health currently is taking more than 60 days, according to the Drug Policy Alliance.
Las Vegas Paiute Tribe Breaks Ground on New Dispensary
On Feb. 29, 2016, the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe broke ground on a new medical marijuana dispensary near downtown Vegas, with additional plans to open a cultivation facility on the tribe’s Snow Mountain Reservation.
New Mexico Names Licensed Nonprofit Medical Cannabis Producers
On Feb. 29, 2016, the New Mexico Department of Health published the state’s list of Licensed Nonprofit Producers, with the list having last been updated on Jan. 29. In its list, the DOH provides the names, addresses and contact information for the 23 independent LNPPs.
Girl Scouts in New Mexico Told Cookie Sales Prohibited Outside of Dispensaries
On Feb. 27, 2016, KRQE News 13 in Albuquerque reported that two young Girl Scouts were selling their Girl Scout cookies outside of Ultra Health, a medical marijuana dispensary in Albuquerque, that afternoon.
New Mexico Won’t Vote on Marijuana in 2016
A constitutional ballot amendment legalizing recreational marijuana and industrial hemp in New Mexico has failed to gain approval from state lawmakers.
Thursday Press Conference: Polling Data Suggests New Mexican’s Support for Taxing and Regulating Marijuana Like Alcohol Reaches New High; New Poll Shows Solid Majority in Support
SANTA FE, N.M., Jan. 27, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — New polling data about New Mexican’s attitudes towards changes in marijuana policy will be released tomorrow during a press event at the State Capitol.
New Mexico Department of Health Awards Medical Cannabis Software Government Contract to BioTrackTHC
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 22, 2015 /Weed Wire/ — The New Mexico Department of Health’s Medical Cannabis Program has awarded BioTrackTHC™, a division of Bio-Tech Medical Software, Inc., a contract for the provision and deployment of an integrated patient and provider tracking software application.
Slim Chance of Marijuana Reform in New Mexico
New Mexico Senate Rules Committee passed marijuana legalization. Hooray! Another state is on the fast track to full blown legalization … right?
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New Mexico Proposes New Marijuana Policy
New Mexico’s Department of Health would like to charge an annual $50 for patients to renew their registry ID cards. However, the proposal to triple annual licensing fees to a maximum of $90,000 for each producer seems high, even though the new regulations would allow each producer to have 300 seedlings in addition to 150 mature plants.