New Mexico Governor Vetoes Bill to Expand Medical Cannabis Law

Legislation that would have expanded New Mexico’s medical cannabis program has been vetoed by Governor Susana Martinez.

Governor Susana Martinez.

House Bill 527 would have added opioid use disorder as a condition that qualifies someone to become a legal medical cannabis patient, given they received a recommendation from a physician and registered with the state.

In her veto letter, Governor Martinez said that allowing medical cannabis for opioid use disorder is “problematic”.

“[I]ncluding“opioid use disorder” to the list of qualifying conditions for which an individual  may enroll in the  program  is  problematic”, says Martinez. In  addition  to  “bypassing  the authority  of  the  Medical  Cannabis Advisory Board”, Martinez says that “Including “opioid  use  disorder” independently will  likely  cause  a  rapid increase  in program  enrollment,  which  the  program  is  currently  unable  to  sustain.”

Martinez’s full veto letter can be found by clicking here.

Martinez also recently vetoed two hemp bills that would have done nothing more than allowed hemp to be researched.

Those in New Mexico who want to let Governor Martinez know their opinion of these vetoes can contact her office by calling (505) 476-2200 or by clicking here.

 

[Update 4/8/2017: This article has been updated to reflect that House Bill 527 would have only added opioid use disorder to the state’s medical cannabis program, not other conditions.]