Saturday, September 7, 2019

New Mexico's Department of Health Issues Medical Cannabis Cards to Out of State Patients

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) New Mexico has begun issuing medical cannabis registry cards to people who live outside the state.

Two people in Texas and an Arizona resident have received cards to purchase medical cannabis in New Mexico after successfully suing to enroll.

Marissa Novel of medical cannabis producer and dispenser Ultra Health said that a card was delivered Friday to her company's Arizona-based CEO.

Ultra Health CEO Duke Rodriguez served as co-plaintiff in the legal challenge of residency requirements and qualified for enrollment based on his post-traumatic stress disorder.

Reforms to New Mexico medical cannabis laws this year dropped the in-state residency requirement. The administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says that change was inadvertent and it intends to appeal.

Novel says it will be difficult to appeal the court order.

New Mexico prohibits recreational cannabis sales and use.