Friday, October 4, 2019

First Dozen Out-Of-State Patients Accepted Into New Mexico's Medical Cannabis Program

Nonresident enrollment expected to surpass tens of thousands of patients over the next year 

(Albuquerque) – Patient enrollment in New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program reached 77,168 patients as of September 30, 2019, according to data released by the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH). September’s numbers represent a 31% increase over enrollment in September 2018.

The newest addition to the patient statistics report is an “Out of State” category, in which 12 patients are listed. The issuance of three-year patient registry cards to out-of-state participants comes after Santa Fe District Court Judge Bryan Biedscheid ordered NMDOH to comply with the new statutory language and accept nonresident patients into the program.

The New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program is the first medical cannabis program in the country to allow nonresidents to receive three-year cards and purchase medical cannabis while in the state.

The New Mexico Legislature approved the nonresident language in the law, which became effective June 14, 2019. However, the implementation was delayed because the NMDOH initially refused to accept the plain language meaning of the law.

Given New Mexico’s proximity to Texas, enrollment is expected to make substantial leaps in the coming 12 months.

"Four of New Mexico’s five border states have their own medical cannabis programs. The exception, Texas, is home to over 26 million people, roughly two million of whom live within 2 hours of the New Mexico border. If one percent of Texans living in close proximity to the New Mexico border enroll in the MCP, the program will add 20,000 patients and demand will increase by 18.4 million grams annually,” states a public comment on plant count written by economist Kelly O’Donnell in May of 2019. 

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A separate estimate of the impact of the new legislation was put forth by the NMDOH. “As previously attested by the Respondent, Kenny Vigil [Medical Cannabis Program Manager]: if only five percent of two million Texas residents were to enroll in the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program, enrollment in the Program would increase by 100,000, more than doubling the current enrollment of approximately 77,000 patients,” NMDOH Secretary Kathy Kunkel stated in an Affidavit on September 12, 2019.

The New Mexico law allowing out-of-state patients to enroll is expected to impact cannabis policy changes across the U.S., as portability of access and participation is advocated to ensure continuity of care. The change is expected to strengthen the medical program by increasing medical cannabis sales in New Mexico and increasing overall enrollment. The New Mexico program is expected to surpass 90,000 patients by the end of the year. 

Related Article: "Judge Orders Agency to Let Nonresidents Into NM Medical Cannabis Program" |

New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program Forms: 
To apply for the Medical Cannabis Program, click on the application you need below.  
Medical Cannabis Patient Application 
Medical Cannabis Caregiver Application 
Medical Cannabis Personal Production Application

About Ultra Health: 

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