From R. Greenleaf email newsletter of 12/28/2014:
As we head into what promises to be the last public hearing on the proposed rules and regulations there are some things that I need to say. First, I want to apologize to the current administration of the New Mexico Department of Health for implicating them as politically motivated in delaying the rules and regulations process and implying they were not working to help patients. The Secretary of Health Retta Ward and her Deputy Secretaries Brad McGrath and Lynn Gallagher recently made it clear to me that I had crossed a line and that they had taken offense at my implications. It was not my intention to offend anyone, and indeed I have no proof that the things I said were true. I was frustrated, I was angry and I was out of line. Making allegations of that nature is irresponsible and disrespectful and as such I want to sincerely apologize to the entire administration from the Governor and her Secretaries to the program administrators including Andrea Sundberg and Ken Groggel. All of these folks work very hard for the program and patients and they deserve our respect. As the Executive Director of R. Greenleaf Organics I am absolutely committed to doing whatever it takes to provide for my patients. I am also absolutely committed to being a real partner with the Department of Health in providing for patients. I hope that the administration can forgive me and that we can look forward to the New Year as opportunity to get some positive changes made for patients.
In the meantime, I look forward to a positive meeting. I am optimistic that the administration will make the necessary changes so that we can continue to serve the needs of our patients. Let’s keep the meeting calm and present our concerns in a concise and respectful manner. Dedicating ourselves to partnership with the program officials and asking for their help in good faith will always be the right decision – let’s look to the future and hope that the changes needed will be made, the rules will be promulgated and that 2015 will become a time when patients can get the medicine they need in safe environments at affordable prices.
I just have to say that this, to me, is further proof that I made the right choice in giving up on this program. I wonder if any patients will show up at the public hearing tomorrow…