New Mexico will be considering additions to its list of approvable conditions for medical marijuana use next week. The New Mexico Department of Health’s Medical Advisory Board is holding a public hearing on March 30th, from 10-12pm in the Harold Runnels Building Auditorium in Santa Fe, NM (click here
). Possible conditions that will be reviewed include auto immune diseases, and severe behavioral disturbances related to autism, traumatic brain injury, mental retardation or dementia. The Board will also review the requirements for chronic pain. As of right now, chronic pain requires additional proof such as X-rays or MRI’s, plus two referrals from different physicians. Currently, New Mexico allows medical marijuana use for post traumatic stress disorder, which is something their neighbor, Colorado, is trying to do.
New Mexico currently allows medical marijuana use for the following debilitating conditions: painful peripheral neuropathy, intractable nausea/vomiting, severe anorexia/cachexia, hepatitis C infection currently receiving antiviral treatment, Crohn’s disease, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Inflammatory Autoimmune-mediated Arthritis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with intractable spasticity, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, and hospice patients.