Santa Fe, NM - This Friday (September 7th 2018) the final decisions regarding the medical cannabis Advisory Board recommendations and report from the November 3rd 2017 meeting are expected. The final decision on all those recommendations by the Advisory Board Doctors rest with Secretary of Health Lynn Gallagher at the Department of Health. The New Mexico Department of Health is expected to publicly announce those final decisions at the next hearing on September 7th 2018.
Doctors on the Department of Health Medical Cannabis Advisory Board issued a number of recommendations for addressing the beneficial use of medical cannabis to the Secretary of Health at the November 2017 meeting, including:
Approving the Petition for Substance Abuse Disorder(s) and recommended that the Secretary of Health add the new health condition into the Medical Cannabis Program by a 5 to 0 vote. (To Include: Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), Tobacco Use Disorder, Stimulant Use Disorder, Hallucinogen Use Disorder, and Opioid Use Disorder)
Supporting the Medical Treatment Petition; Pediatric Oncology & Medical Cannabis Use for Antiemetic in State Hospitals by recommending with 5-0 vote that the Secretary of Health send a letter of support to the Legislature in the 2019 Session for a statutory change to add this treatment into the medical cannabis program; the LECUA Act, 2007.
Approving the Petition for ADD/ADHD & Tourette's Syndrome and recommended that the Secretary of Health add the new health condition into the Medical Cannabis Program with a 5-0 vote.
Approving the Petition for Degenerative Neurological Disorder and Neuroprotective Applications and recommended that the Secretary of Health add the new health condition into the medical cannabis program by a 5-0 vote.
Approving the Petition for Eczema and Psoriasis by recommending the Secretary of Health add the new health condition into medical cannabis program with 4-1 vote.
Approving the Petition for Muscular Dystrophy by recommending the Secretary of Health add the new health condition to the medical cannabis program by a 5-0 vote.
Approving the Petition for Post-Concussion Syndrome & TBI and recommended that the Secretary of Health add the new health condition into the medical cannabis program by 5-0 vote.
Approving the Petition for All Types Seizures (such as: psychogenic neurological disorders; Motor Disorders / Motor Development Disorders) by recommending that the Secretary of Health add the new health condition into the medical cannabis program by a 5-0 vote.
All The Petitions From The November 3rd, 2017 Meeting Can Be Viewed Online At:
LECUA NM MCP MCAB Petitions (http://lecuanmmcpmcabpetitions.blogspot.com/2017/09/)
For the second time now, we are petitioning the Department of Health to add Autism Spectrum Disorders into the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program, our April 2017 Petition was approved by the Doctors on the Advisory Board by a 3-0 Vote and the Secretary decline to add ASD into the program.
Petition Requesting The Inclusion Of A New Medical Condition: Autism Spectrum Disorders can be viewed here:
Mother To Speak About Safe Access To Medical Cannabis At Schools
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Santa Fe, NM - We've come a long way since cannabis was first decriminalized in Oregon in 1973 and then in New Mexico; medical cannabis history started in 1978, after public hearings the legislature enacted H.B. 329, the nation’s first law recognizing the medical value of cannabis…the first law. This now being the 10th year for New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program (MCP) that was created in 2007, as the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act, under chapter 210 Senate Bill 523.
Safe Access to medical cannabis for those patients who do or will benefit most from medical cannabis treatments; still need to overcome political, social and legal barriers with advocacy by creating policies that improve safe access to medical cannabis for patients - and that means at school too.
In New Mexico families are unjustly being denied to allow their child to use medical cannabis while at school, we now have parents fighting to change this. These courageous parents are fearlessly advocating for medical cannabis patients rights and safe access for the beneficial use of medical cannabis in schools, which is also the very fundamental basis for New Mexico’s medical cannabis law.
“Section 2. PURPOSE OF ACT.--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.”
These children and any student for that matter in our state’s medical cannabis program should be treated just like every other child who attends public schools in our state that uses medicine at school. The use of medical cannabis and safe access to it at school for these two students is a medical necessity.
“Medically Necessary” is defined as “health-care services or supplies needed to prevent, diagnose, or treat an illness, injury, condition, disease, or its symptoms and that meet accepted standards of medicine.” Medical necessity is a United States legal doctrine, related to activities which may be justified as reasonable, necessary, and/or appropriate, based on evidence-based clinical standards of care.
Schools already allow children to use all kinds of psychotropic medications—from Ritalin to opioid painkillers—when prescribed by a physician. But they tend to take a much harder stance on medical cannabis, even in the case of non-psychoactive medical cannabis oils.
Currently there are six other states with comprehensive medical cannabis programs (New Jersey, Maine, Washington, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Illinois) that have successfully set forth Rules and Regulations for allowing school age children to have safe access to medical cannabis while attending public schools.
In Estancia, parents of a 10 year who has his medical cannabis card for treatment of undifferentiated schizophrenia, PTSD and ADHD. His mom said she had to pull him out of school last fall when the administration told her she would no longer be able to administer his much-needed medication while on campus. In a letter, the superintendent points to a state law saying that, despite Anthony's medical card, cannabis is now allowed on school grounds. Link to Anthony’s Story: http://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/mother-wants-access-to-medical-cannabis-in-the-classroom/4886110/
For detailed information on the six other states with comprehensive medical cannabis programs (New Jersey, Maine, Washington, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Illinois) that have successfully set forth Rules and Regulations for allowing school age children to have safe access to medical cannabis while attending public schools; review this article/resource guide: ‘Program Participants Should Be Able To Use Medical Cannabis At Schools’
The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board Public Meeting will be on Friday, September 7th 2018 at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Harold Runnels Building (1190 S. St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505) and the meeting will be on the first floor in the auditorium (Room A-1006). You may obtain the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board Meeting Agenda no later than 72 hours before the meeting from the Department of Health.
By Jason Barker | Safe Access New Mexico