The Governor’s Legalization Work Group’s report includes a very serious fatal flaw that will devastate New Mexico’s medical cannabis program. The group recommends adopting a new model for a joint medical-adult use program, and its report says no other state has a model like this.
And there is a very good reason why no other state has that model, as it will ruin any medical cannabis program in any state because it is a system of regulation built on the backs of current medical cannabis laws. Cannabis policy experts from Americans For Safe Access have noted that recreational cannabis use and medical cannabis use only have the criminal justice system in common.
A joint medical-adult use program will result in the destruction of the medical cannabis program because its regulation and supply chain are not designed for a joint program.
The medical cannabis program has 34 licensed producers, and each one is currently allowed to grow up to 1,750 cannabis plants. According to medical cannabis producer Ultra Health, only 12 of the 34 licensed producers have the maximum 1,750 plants. Most other producers have 1,000 plants and some only 500 plants. Combined, the 34 producers in New Mexico paid nearly $4 million for only 40,000 plants.