Medical Marijuana Growers Sue New Mexico Over New Rules

19 growers have filed a lawsuit, challenging new rules in the state's medical marijuana program.

NEW MEXICO:  New rules for New Mexico‘s medical marijuana program are being challenged in court. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://goo.gl/fMea57 ) reports that a lawsuit filed by 19 growers against the state Department of Health contends the rules are arbitrary and capricious, not based in evidence and go beyond the department’s authority. The department adopted Read the full article…

New Mexico Senate Committee Passes Marijuana Legalization

For the first time in history a legislative committee has voted in favor of taxing and regulating marijuana in New Mexico.

NEW MEXICO:   Yesterday, for the first time in history, a legislative committee voted in favor of taxing and regulating marijuana in New Mexico.  On a vote of 5-4 New Mexico State Senator Ortiz y Pino’s (D-12-Bernalillo) Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR2) passed the Senate Rules Committee. SJR2 would allow for the possession and personal use Read the full article…

New Mexico Bill On Hemp Production Passes

A bill to legalize commercial use of hemp in New Mexico breezed through its first legislative test Tuesday.

NEW MEXICO:  A bill to legalize marijuana previously went down in flames, but a separate measure for commercial use of hemp in New Mexico breezed through its first legislative test Tuesday. The Senate Conservation Committee voted 9-0 to advance the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. Committee members voted to move the bill forward without recommendation because Read the full article…

Lawmaker: Marijuana Needs To Be Debated In New Mexico

Representatives from southern New Mexico, will be taking the case for legalization to fellow lawmakers during a meeting Tuesday in Santa Fe.

NEW MEXICO:  The conversation about whether New Mexico should join other western states in legalizing marijuana is cranking up again as state lawmakers prepare for the legislative session. Rep. Bill McCamley, a Democrat from southern New Mexico, is taking his case for legalization to fellow lawmakers during a meeting Tuesday in Santa Fe. McCamley tells Read the full article…

Marijuana And Workers’ Compensation On Industry’s Watch List

According to the National Council for Compensation Insurance (NCCI), insurers are starting to receive requests to pay for medical marijuana.

NEW MEXICO:  There are some who believe medical marijuana and the workplace are a potent mix just waiting to be stirred as increasingly more states approve the herb and its derivatives for medicinal use. Not only are states approving the use of medical marijuana at an astounding pace, but at least two state supreme courts Read the full article…

Local Governments Are Still Fighting To Get Marijuana On The November Ballot

A pair of county fights over getting marijuana on the November ballot could be resolved soon, with the state’s Supreme Court expected to weigh in any day now.

NEW MEXICO:  A pair of county fights in New Mexico over getting marijuana questions on the November ballot could be resolved soon, with the state’s Supreme Court expected to weigh in any day now. The commissioners of Sante Fe and Bernalillo counties planned to ask their residents the same question: Should they support “county, city and statewide efforts Read the full article…

Workers’ Comp Must Cover Medical Marijuana

Despite the drug's federal classification as a controlled substance, the court found that New Mexico law entitled Gregory Vialpando to reimbursement for marijuana to treat the high-intensity pain that followed failed spinal surgeries for a workplace back injury.

NEW MEXICO:  Medical marijuana a doctor recommended for an injured worker’s pain must be paid for by the workers’ employer and insurer, the New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled. Despite the drug’s federal classification as a controlled substance, the court found that New Mexico law entitled Gregory Vialpando to reimbursement for marijuana to treat the Read the full article…

Santa Fe City Council Votes To Decriminalizes Marijuana

A change in Maine’s medical marijuana laws this year sparked the manufacturing and legal sale of cannabis concentrates.

NEW MEXICO:  Santa Fe on Wednesday became the latest U.S. city to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, with lawmakers in the New Mexico capital voting to change local statutes rather than put the issue to a public ballot in November. The Santa Fe City Council voted five to four in favor of revising a law Read the full article…

Ballot Proposal On Marijuana Advances In Santa Fe

The city clerk in Santa Fe says activists have submitted enough valid voter signatures to force a public vote on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.

NEW MEXICO:  The city clerk in Santa Fe says activists have submitted enough valid voter signatures to force a public vote on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, if the City Council doesn’t approve it outright. ProgressNow New Mexico and the Drug Policy Alliance submitted petitions last month. Activists needed 5,763 valid signatures from registered city Read the full article…

New Mexico Woman Sues Employer Over Medical Pot

A New Mexico physician's assistant who also is a medical marijuana patient says one of the state's largest health care providers violated her rights when it fired her following a positive drug test.

NEW MEXICO:  A New Mexico physician’s assistant who also is a medical marijuana patient says one of the state’s largest health care providers violated her rights when it fired her following a positive drug test. Donna Smith is the latest medical marijuana patient to go to court to seek protections for workers who have been Read the full article…