Jun 142014
 June 14, 2014

new mexico marijuanaNew Mexico’s medical marijuana program has been under attack lately, with proposed changes that would drastically alter the program. One of the proposed changes would be reducing the number of plants a patient can have by half. Another change would involve what kind of product testing would be required for producers. Licensed producers would be allowed to grow more plants if the changes were adopted, but that increase in plants would be accompanied by new rules. Producers have pointed out that to comply with the new rules would more than offset the benefit of growing more plants.

Another rule would make it illegal for parents or caregivers to grow marijuana for adolescent patients, which would mandate that they purchase it only from a licensed producer. One of those producers, Len Goodman, doesn’t think that is a good idea. Per Santa Fe New Mexican:

Goodman said one of the main purposes of the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act, which created the state’s Medical Cannabis Program, was to allow patients to possess an adequate supply of medicine — defined only in terms of quantity — without fear of legal prosecution. The new rules would define “adequate supply” as cannabis that was “derived solely” from state-licensed producers,” something Goodman says would punish those who buy cannabis from other sources, due to price or access obstacles.

“It won’t change what people do,” he said. “It just removes their legal protection and puts them at risk.”

A public hearing has been set for Monday to allow public comment. If you are a patient in the New Mexico medical marijuana program, or if you are a supporter, I highly encourage you to attend and let your voice be heard. Below are details about the public hearing:

WHAT:   Interviews with impacted stakeholders

WHEN:   Monday, June 16th, 12pm (or immediately following) the hearing

WHERE: Harold Runnels Building, 1190 St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, 87502 (Please call Jessica Gelay @ 505-573-4422 to schedule an interview)

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  6 Responses to “Changes To New Mexico Medical Marijuana Program Would Hurt Patients”

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    Public speaking is not easy, and I’m sure that some patients are nervous about doing so. As a patient who spoke at the last public hearing, I just wanted to say that it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be. Let me assure anyone who wants to speak that you will be facing a supportive audience, all of whom want to hear what you have to say.

    MMJ patients (and their families and friends) in New Mexico have so few opportunities to voice their concerns and complaints about the program, so if you aren’t able to attend the hearing, please take this opportunity to submit your voice in writing to the Department of Health — this agency absolutely loves to hear from, well, everyone. Gracias.

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      Knowing me, PK2, you might not think I’m one of those people who are petrified to speak to an audience, but I will try. I hope I see you there.

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    They are also proposing Criminal Background Checks, at the cost of the patient, if you wish to grow your own or be a care giver. It’s crazy. The added costs to the patients amount to the price of at least 1/2 lb of decent weed on the streets, which would last a long time for some patients, and be a lot easier to do compared to the new rules. I have a big fault, (well, probably quite a few), but one of them is giving people the benefit of doubt, so I don’t know if these people in Santa Fe are wanting to crush the program or are to ignorant of cannabis medicine to even be making the rules. Wish us luck!

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    Although that may be the time for Interviews with Stakeholders, the Public Hearing starts at 9am, and you must get there early to sign up if you wish to speak up.

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    Don’t change a thing. Trust me stop them

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