SANTA FE – In an unusual legal maneuver, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office has moved to intervene in a pending lawsuit challenging the New Mexico health department’s stance on issuing medical cannabis cards to out-of-state residents.
The Governor’s Office legal team filed the court motion this week, arguing that the lawsuit raises issues – such as the possible interstate transportation of marijuana – that exceed the scope of Kenny Vigil, the state medical cannabis program’s director.
“He lacks the authority to address law enforcement concerns, approve regulatory action or direct health care policy for our state,” the court motion says. “Thus, the significant public policy considerations … at issue cannot be fully addressed by the current parties to this litigation and could be substantially affected or impaired.”