NEW MEXICO: The number of patients in New Mexico’s medical cannabis program reached 30,877 at the end of the third quarter, an increase of more than 4300 since June 30, 2016. This increase is twice the amount of patients that were added to the program in the same quarter in 2015. Additionally the program has seen a 76 percent patient growth increase over the past year.
Bernalillo and Santa Fe remain the two largest counties by patient population with 11,396 and 4,070 enrolled patients respectively. Every county¨ excluding Harding and Union counties experienced a double-digit increase in patients in the third calendar quarter. Growth continues to accelerate particularly in the southern and southeastern parts of New Mexico including Dona Ana, Lea, Chaves, Grant, and Eddy counties. Nearly 3,200 patients are living in rural counties without a full-time dispensary.