State health officials announced Friday they are licensing six additional medical marijuana producers, raising to 11 the total number state-approved growers.
The six new nonprofits are located in Harding, Doña Ana, Lea, Catron, Cibola and Bernalillo counties, the New Mexico Department of Health said. Nonprofits previously approved are located in Santa Fe, Cibola and Bernalillo counties.
The agency said it will provide patients with contact information for the newly-licensed producers in about six weeks. The delay will give the nonprofits time to begin production and prepare for inquiries by patients.
The state approved the first nonprofit producer in March 2009 and four more in November 2009. Nonprofit producers are allowed to have 95 mature plants and seedlings and have an inventory of usable medical cannabis for patients.
Patients can also apply to produce their own supply of medical cannabis. They are allowed to have four mature plants and 12 seedlings.
As of today, 1,952 active medical cannabis patients are licensed, of whom 865 are licensed to produce their own supply.