Thursday, September 28, 2017

Advocacy Group Provides 19 Petitions For Expanding Safe Access Of Medical Cannabis To Medical Cannabis Advisory Board




LECUA Patients Coalition of New Mexico

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Thursday, September 28th 2017

Advocacy Group Provides 19 Petitions For Expanding Safe Access Of Medical Cannabis To Medical Cannabis Advisory Board

These 19 Petitions are being provided to the State Department of Health Medical Cannabis Program so the advisory board can review and recommend to the department for approval additional debilitating medical conditions and medical treatments that would benefit from the medical use of cannabis with the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act.

The Governor’s Office has highlighted the importance of such priorities like; Ensuring Transparency and Ethics in Government, and Keeping all New Mexicans Safe. In the Roundhouse, one of the state legislators’ primary functions is to represent the people who elect them, but it is by no means their only function. They help to solve the numerous problems of their constituents, they serve on interim committees and they continually study new ideas for legislation. The Department of Health’s mission is to promote health and wellness, improve health outcomes, and assure safety net services for all people in New Mexico. And the purpose of the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act is to allow the beneficial use of medical cannabis in a regulated system for alleviating symptoms caused by debilitating medical conditions and their medical treatments.

In maintaining what Governor Martinez said, about the ‘important responsibility’ of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, these are the Petitions being providing for review; as all the Petitions meet the five items as criteria stated in (Part B) for the Duties and responsibilities of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board.

During the 2017 Regular Legislative Session, state lawmakers made efforts to legislate a number of changes to the state’s Medical Cannabis Program with over 25 different pieces of legislation, one of the bills vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez, was House Bill-527, on Friday-April 7th 2017 (same day as the medical cannabis advisory board meeting for April), saying she did so in part because she didn’t want to “eliminate an important responsibility” of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board. Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher, who has the final word on changes to the state Medical Cannabis Program, hasn’t decided whether to accept new conditions and petitions the board recommended yet form the April 2017 meeting.

November 2017 MCAB Petitions
Health Conditions To Add Petitions:
  1. ADD/ADHD And Tourette's Syndrome
  2. All Forms of Arthritis
  3. Cystic Fibrosis
  4. Degenerative Neurological Disorder / Neuroprotective Applications
  5. Diabetes
  6. Dysmenorrhea
  7. Eczema / Psoriasis
  8. Muscular Dystrophy
  9. Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  10. Post-Concussion Syndrome And TBI
  11. All Types Seizures (such as: psychogenic neurologic disorders; Motor Disorders / Motor Development Disorders)
  12. Substance Abuse Disorder(s)

Medical Treatment Petitions:
  1. Medical Treatment; Pediatric Oncology & Medical Cannabis Use for Antiemetic in State Hospitals
  2. Medical Treatment; Medical Cannabis Program Research & Education Established
  3. Medical Treatment; ADA language for Section 8 of LECUA; Medical cannabis registry
  4. Medical Treatment; Medical Cannabis 3 yr registry identification cards.
  5. Medical Treatment; Recognition of nonresident medical cards.
  6. Medical Treatment; Adequate Supply: LNPP Plant Count Increase
  7. Medical Treatment; Increase MCAB membership

Petitions from the April 2017 MCAB meeting, that the LECUA Patients Coalition of New Mexico provided for review and MCAB result below. The November meeting should have the final decision on these Petitions that MCAB has recommended to add in the MCP.

    Petition Action Vote (Y/N)
2017‐012 Add autism as a condition - Recommended to add to MCP 3-0
2017‐013 Add anxiety as a condition - Recommended to add to MCP 3-1
2017‐014 Add depression - Recommended to add to MCP 4-0
2017‐017 Add Dystonia - Recommended to add to MCP 4-0
2017‐018 Add Migraines - Recommended to add to MCP 4-0
2017‐019 Add Rheumatoid Arthritis - Recommended to expand terms 4-0
2017‐020 Sleep Disorders - Recommended to add to MCP 4-0
2017‐022 Patient Run Collectives - Recommended to add to MCP 4-0
2017-005 Change/increase possession limit to 16 oz - Recommended to add to MCP 4-0
2017-009 Removal of Max THC Content - Recommended Removal of Cap   4-0
2017‐015 Add Concussions, CTE and TBI as a condition was Tabled in April
2017‐021 Add Substance Abuse Disorder as a condition was Tabled in April


This is the best way to accurately review them. Everything that is provided in the printed format is exactly the same on the Petitions website as well. The website was created to provide; the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board members, Secretary Gallagher, Medical Cannabis Program office officials, and the community- the easiest access at viewing all the Petitions. As all the petitions have resources within them, as embedded web links going to additional research and science for the petition it is in, along with the references cited.  

The LECUA Patients Coalition of New Mexico is the only patient led group in the State with a primary focus on medical cannabis, that operates in full compliance of the Act, providing patient-community advocacy, and the only group that has no outside financial influences from program producers or ancillary businesses in the medical cannabis program.
The primary focus is on Medical Cannabis, LECUA Patients Coalition Of New Mexico is solely focused on expanding safe access to medical cannabis in New Mexico.
This means that LECUA Patients Coalition Of New Mexico position does support legalization of cannabis for nonmedical therapeutic purposes or on related issues, such as incarceration or sentencing standards for recreational drug use; this support will be to provide advocacy for policy writing that first & foremost protects and improves the spirit and intent of the LECUA, 2007, protects and improves the Medical Cannabis Program in said legislation, and  improves the State Department of Health Medical Cannabis Rules & Regulations.

Petitions Authored & Organized By Jason Barker
- Medical Cannabis Patient & Organizer with the
LECUA Patient’s Coalition Of New Mexico
Free-lance writer for: www.cannabisnewsjournal.co

Americans For Safe Access - Member
American Cannabis Nurses Association - Member
LECUA Patient’s Coalition Of New Mexico - Founder/Organizer
Medical Cannabis Patient in New Mexico

"The American Medical Association has no objection to any reasonable regulation of the medicinal use of cannabis and its preparations and derivatives. It does pretest, however, against being called upon to pay a special tax, to use special order forms in order to procure the drug, to keep special records concerning its professional use and to make special returns to the Treasury Department officials, as a condition precedent to the use of cannabis in the practice of medicine."                     
~Wm. C. Woodward, Legislative Counsel - 11:37 AM Monday, July 12, 1937

Acknowledgments: Whoopi and Maya, Americans For Safe Access, American Cannabis Nurses Association President- Carey Clark, Cannabis News Journal, Buen Salud & Dr. Peter Smith, CG Corrigan, and R. Greenleaf.


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