The New Mexico Department of Health announced proposed adjustments to the Medical Cannabis Program regulations within the confines of the current statute. The Department commissioned a survey in 2013 that addressed supply of medical cannabis relative to average patient use. The results showed that average patient use is exceeding available supply.
Today, the Department announced two adjustments to the program in order to meet the needs of qualified patients.
The Department is proposing to increase plant limit from 150 total plants and seedlings up to 150 mature plants and up to 300 seedlings. This will require a rule change and public comment before implementation.
The Department plans to open the applications period to add up to 12 licensed-non-profit producers. There are currently 23 licensed non-profit producers. The application period will begin after the rule changes are finalized.
The Department anticipates announcing proposed rule changes at a public hearing to occur sometime this spring.
Secretary Ward has accepted the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board’s recommendation to add Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease to the list of qualifying conditions to get into the program. There are now 19 qualifying conditions to become a patient.
Currently there are 10,621 patients in New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program…
Currently, there are 20 qualifying conditions: Severe chronic pain, painful peripheral neuropathy, intractable nausea/vomiting, severe anorexia/cachexia, hepatitis C infection currently receiving antiviral treatment, Crohn’s disease, Post‐traumatic Stress Disorder, 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, inflammatory autoimmune‐mediated arthritis, hospice patients, Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Cervical Dystonia.
Are you suffering from a debilitating medical condition and want to try medical cannabis, but whatever diagnosis you’ve been given is not listed in the qualifying conditions? Unless you follow cannabis news on a daily basis, you might miss recent research and strides in cannabis treatments. Here’s a short list of possible additions that current medical research may support:
Hepatitis C (not currently receiving antiviral)
Irritable bowel syndrome
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Opioid dependency or abuse
Traumatic brain injury
Type 2 diabetes
“Scientists have big news for people suffering from arthritis, colitis and lupus: Medical marijuana can help reduce some of the most painful effects of their conditions.”