NM agency proposes changes to medical marijuana program

SANTA FE, N.M. — The state agency that runs New Mexico’s medical marijuana program wants to bring more licensed producers on board and relax restrictions on how many pot plants can be grown, in response to a survey that found the program was struggling to supply a growing number of certified patients.

If approved, the Department of Health’s proposed changes would likely take effect later this year. They would be the first rule changes to the medical marijuana program since 2010, the year before Gov. Susana Martinez took office.

“We take the needs of medical cannabis patients very seriously,” Health Secretary Retta Ward said in a statement today.

Currently, the state’s 23 licenses medical marijuana producers are limited to growing no more than 150 total marijuana plants and seedlings at a current time.

That would increase under DOH’s proposed rule change, as producers would be able to grow up to 150 mature plants and 300 seedlings at a time.

Meanwhile, as many as 12 additional producers could be also added to the program in order to better supply patients, pending approval of the plant rule.

Check tomorrow’s Journal for a full story.

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