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NM regulators propose new medical marijuana rules

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State regulators are proposing new rules with requirements for doctors and other health care providers who certify patients to use medical marijuana.

The Medical Board plans an Aug. 16 hearing on the new rules, which include requirements that patients be periodically re-diagnosed and that providers notify patients’ other health care providers.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the board says the new rules would clear up confusion on what’s required for the certifications, comparing them with prescriptions for narcotic pain relievers.

Critics say the proposed rules go too far by creating barriers for use of medical marijuana.

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