NEW MEXICO: Earlier this month, New Mexico State Senate voted to pass a historic cannabis decriminalization bill that allows for residents to carry up to an ounce of marijuana and removes the risk of jail time for up to 8 ounces. The state has become the one of the forerunners for marijuana legislation reform, catching the eyes of other states looking to follow in their footsteps.
While the state may seem to be moving forward on the decriminalization front, they are unfortunately taking two steps back when it comes to their medical marijuana program and the regulations affect growers and patients.
In fact, these new regulations are so debilitating to the states medical marijuana program that 19 of the 23 licensed, nonprofit growers that operate in New Mexico are suing the state Department of Health and Secretary Retta Ward, claiming that the new rules should be struck down and marked as void.
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the growers claim that the new regulations, put in place in February after a year of deliberations and two public opinion hearings, are “arbitrary and capricious, are not evidence-based and are unenforceable because they exceed the departments authority.”