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

Hallandale Beach is officially the first city in Broward County that will punish marijuana violations with a fine instead of an arrest.

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

Health Canada says licensed medicinal marijuana producers can now produce and sell cannabis oil and fresh marijuana buds and leaves as well as the dried form.

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…

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson Named Pot Company CEO

Cannabis Sativa Inc hires former New Mexico Gov

NEW MEXICO: A Nevada-based startup that plans on selling medical and recreational marijuana products named former New Mexico governor and U.S. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson as its CEO and president, the company announced Tuesday. The announcement came as Cannabis Sativa Inc. said it had acquired marijuana research business Kush while company officials work to navigate Read the full article…

Border Patrol Line Hazy On Medical Marijuana

Bills proposed in Oregon to catch drivers using marijuana include the possibility of blood draws without a warrant and DUII road checkpoints.

NEW MEXICO:  New Mexico’s Democratic Congressional delegation is teaming up with a state lawmaker in an appeal to the US Customs and Border Patrol to change their policy of seizing medical marijuana. The federal government has said as long as states abide by 8 specific guidelines - like not selling marijuana to minors or allowing people to Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization Plan Stalls In New Mexico

Day of Actions Include Public Hearing on Bill, Evening Event in Nearby Latham, and Powerful New Video About Patients, Doctors and the Compassionate Care Act

NEW MEXICO:  A proposal to allow New Mexico voters to decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana stalled Friday, putting the measure in doubt — for now. At a disjointed meeting, the Senate Rules Committee failed to debate the proposed constitutional amendment that would allow for the possession and personal use of marijuana for those 21 Read the full article…

Legislator Wants New Mexico To Legalize Marijuana

Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino

NEW MEXICO:  A day after Colorado opened its doors to the legalized sale of recreational marijuana, a state senator said New Mexico should consider following suit. Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, an Albuquerque Democrat, said he will introduce a constitutional amendment proposal to legalize recreational marijuana when the Legislature convenes this month. The constitutional amendment Read the full article…

Architect Of New Mexico's Medical Marijuana Program Speaks Up On Behalf Of Iowa

“Whether people are positively inclined or negatively inclined toward medical cannabis, I believe that there is a certain inevitability to it,” Jenison said.

IOWA: The Iowa Board of Pharmacy voted unanimously in 2010 to recommend medical marijuana legalization for the state of Iowa. That same year, a Des Moines Register Iowa Poll indicated that 64 percent of Iowans support medical marijuana legalization with 33 percent in opposition. In the three year since, support for medical cannabis has slipped by six percentage Read the full article…