Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Petitions Submitted to New Mexico Dept. of Health to add several new Health Conditions and one new Medical Treatment into the state’s Medical Cannabis Program


Contact: 

Safe Access New Mexico
Jason Barker
SafeAccessNewMexico@gmail.com


Wednesday, November 13th 2019


For Immediate Release:

Petitions Submitted to New Mexico Dept. of Health to add several new Health Conditions and one new Medical Treatment into the state’s Medical Cannabis Program

Albuquerque - Safe Access New Mexico, the states leading advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use, on Tuesday November 12th provided Petitions to the New Mexico Dept. of Health Medical Cannabis Program Office to add two new Health Conditions and one new Medical Treatment into the state’s Medical Cannabis Program for the medical cannabis advisory board (MCAB) to review.

The New Mexico Department of Health will hold a Medical Cannabis Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday December 10, 2019, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Harold Runnels Building Auditorium, located at 1190 St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The first petition is seeking to add a new health condition- Substance Abuse Disorder, the second petition is seeking to add the new health conditions- ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, and Tourette’s Syndrome, and the third petition is seeking to add a new medical treatment- Medical Cannabis Therapy For Seizures in Animals.

Multiple times in the last couple years, the Doctors on the state’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Board (MCAB) have voted in favor of adding Substance Abuse Disorder into the program and have recommended that the Secretary add it.

In June 2019 the Secretary of Health declined to add it then and could have put New Mexico at the forefront in harm reduction with the New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program by adding this Petitioned health condition into the program. Since June 2019, a new study found that the vast majority of substance abuse professionals support legalizing medical cannabis and believe that cannabis is safe when used responsibly for medical purposes. IN addition to a new scientific review that concluded that "CBD may reduce problems related with crack-cocaine addiction, such as withdrawal symptoms, craving, impulsivity and paranoia” and is a “promising candidate” to treat methamphetamine, cocaine and other stimulant use disorders.

The second petition, seeking to add the new health conditions- ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, and Tourette’s Syndrome has also been previously submitted in November 2017. And once more, these health conditions were recommended to be added into the medical cannabis program by the MCAB doctors and then Secretary Gallagher declined to do so.

Currently ADD/ADHD is a qualifying health condition in these state comprehensive medical cannabis program; California, Washington DC, Guam, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Currently Anxiety is a qualifying health condition in these state comprehensive medical cannabis program; California, Washington DC, Guam, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Currently Tourette’s is a qualifying health condition in these state comprehensive medical cannabis program; Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Washington DC, Guam, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The third petition is seeking to add a new medical treatment- Medical Cannabis Therapy For Seizures in Animals. A medical cannabis card would be issued to a person as a qualified caregiver. Doctors of Veterinary Medicine are allowed to recommend under the current law’s requirement and the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine allows DVM’s to discuss cannabis options. This Petitioned medical treatment is the missing link.

There is no aspect of the current medical cannabis program laws that would prevent this new medical treatment for Medical Cannabis Therapy For Seizures in Animals from being approved into the Medical Cannabis Program. Doctors of Veterinary Medicine are qualifying medical professionals who can recommend medical cannabis.

The intent of Safe Access New Mexico is to establish The Inclusion of a New Medical Treatment: Medical Cannabis Therapy For Seizures in Animals for Veterinary Medical Cannabis access to the states Medical Cannabis Program to:
(a) Prevent the potential danger of animal abuse by regulating the use of medicinal cannabis on animals.
(b) Give veterinarians the tools they need to treat their patients effectively without the fear of jeopardizing their license.
(c) Ensure that access is readily available to animal patients.
(d) Further research and knowledge throughout the health care system and for health care practitioners regarding medicinal cannabis.

New Mexico’s 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. Later renamed The Lynn Pierson Marijuana & Research Act set forth a program that had over 250 New Mexicans receiving medical cannabis. Then in March 2007, the New Mexico legislature passed SB 523, "The Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act." New Mexico became the 12th state to allow medical cannabis with the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act in 2007 (Senate Bill 523). At the end of October 2019, the state has 34 licensed nonprofit medical cannabis producers, 98 dispensary locations across 20 counties that are serving 77,168 patients enrolled as of September 30, 2019, according to data from New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH).





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