SANTA FE – A dispute over whether recent changes to New Mexico’s medical cannabis laws mean out-of-state residents can now enroll in the state’s program could end up in court.
A prominent licensed producer has challenged the state Department of Health’s stance that the changes to the laws – which took effect June 14 – do not open the doors for residents of Texas, Arizona and other states to be license-carrying patients under New Mexico’s program.
Ultra Health LLC has filed a letter with the Department of Health asking the agency to change its position within a 14-day period. If the agency does not, Ultra Health is prepared to file a lawsuit, its president and CEO said.
“From every attorney we’ve had review it, there’s no dispute,” said Duke Rodriguez, a former state Cabinet secretary whose company runs 17 medical cannabis dispensaries around New Mexico.