New Mexico Advisory Board Votes in Favor of Adding 6 New Medical Cannabis Conditions

New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Board (MCAB) has voted in favor of recommending 6 new conditions be added to the state’s medical cannabis program.

The MCAB’s recommendations will now be sent to the New Mexico Department of Health, which has final say over whether or not the conditions are actually added to the medical cannabis program.

Below are the conditions that the MCAB voted in favor of (along with the vote):

  • Anxiety (3 to 1)
  • Depression (4 to 0)
  • Dystonia (4 to 0)

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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.]

New Mexico Legislature Votes to Add 14 New Medical Marijuana Conditions

New Mexico legislation that would triple the number of qualifying medical marijuana conditions, and prevent parents from losing custody of their children for being a medical cannabis patient, has been passed by the state’s full legislature

House Bill 527 passed the House of Representatives on March 9th with a 45 to 16 vote, and was passed by the Senate on March 17th with a 28 to 9 vote. It now goes to Governor Susana Martinez for consideration.

The proposed law would add 14 new medical marijuana conditions to the state’s medical cannabis program, bringing the total number of conditions from 7, to 21. In addition, the measure “would not allow children to be removed and placed into state custody based solely on an individual’s participation in the medical cannabis program”, and “would also not allow someone to be precluded from receiving an anatomical gift due to that person’s participation in the program.”

Below are the 14 new medical marijuana conditions that would be added if House Bill 527 becomes law:

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New Mexico Panel Votes to Add Opiate Use Disorder, Alzheimer’s Disease as Medical Cannabis Conditions

New Mexico’s Medical Advisory Board voted 5 to 1 to recommend medical cannabis for “opiate use disorder” and Alzheimer’s disease.

Opiate Use DisorderThe board also voted to allow medical cannabis to be recommend via telemedicine. This includes physicians meeting with patients through Skype and other online programs. The recommendations go to the Department of Health which has the final say on whether to accept them.

Officials believe that there are roughly 33,000 people in New Mexico with opiate use disorder. This is a huge increase from just a year ago, when the number was around 18,000.

The board also stated that the number of plants patients are allowed to cultivate should be increased.

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