Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Safe Access New Mexico 2019 Community Advocacy Report

Safe Access New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Safe Access New Mexico ~ An Affiliate of Americans For Safe Access

Safe Access New Mexico 2019 Community Accomplishments
Of the new health conditions added to the medical cannabis program from December 2018 - 2019, five (5) of those new ones are from the Petitions submitted to the Dept. of Health for Safe Access New Mexico.
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Dec. 2018)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (June 2019
  • Three Degenerative Neurological Disorders: Friedreich’s Ataxia, Lewy Body Disease, and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (June 2019) 
[All Petitions Safe Access New Mexico Has Provided The NMDOH Can Be Viewed in Original Format Online At:]
  • January 2019: Doctor(s) of Veterinary Medicine were provided the ability to engage in cannabis discussions with their clients after Safe Access New New Mexico lobbied the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Safe Access New Mexico’s advocacy and petition policy work provided much of the groundwork that enabled the 2019 Medical Cannabis Changes Law (SB-406). 
  • Safe Access New Mexico has provided the New Mexico Department of Health Medical Cannabis Program three (3) Petitions for 2019 to add several new Health Conditions and one new Medical Treatment into the state’s Medical Cannabis Program: 
View the 2019 Petition: Requesting The Inclusion Of A New Medical Condition: Substance Abuse Disorder Here:

View the 2019 Petition: Requesting The Inclusion Of A New Medical Condition(s): ADD/ADHD, Anxiety Disorder, And Tourette's Syndrome Here:

View the 2019 Petition: Requesting The Inclusion Of A New Medical Treatment: Medical Cannabis Therapy For Seizures in Animals Here:

  • Safe Access New Mexico has provided Public Comment for all the 2019 Proposed Rule Changes for New Mexico's Medical Cannabis Program (MCP), Hemp Program and provided in depth federal policy comments to the Federal Government’s public comments requests for 2019 on the Federal Register.
  • Education, Training, and Product Safety: In 2019 Safe Access New Mexico has worked with Institutions of Higher Learning like UNM Health Sciences, and Doctors and Medical Providers around the state to provide accredited CME Education and Training through its Affiliate partnership with Americans For Safe Access via the Cannabis Care Certification (CCC) program to better educate medical cannabis patients, caregivers, doctors, and industry workers and the PFC program with an online training program option so that stakeholders can participate in certification courses from anywhere at anytime.
  • Safe Access New Mexico has provided the Governor’s Office multiple Policy Letters for 2019, had a meeting with policy advisors for the Governor, and had meetings with MCP Officials three times in 2019. 
  • Safe Access New Mexico has taken the time to meet with, discuss federal policy pertaining to medical cannabis, and provided ASA’s resources for Policy Makers with each member of New Mexico’s US Congressional delegation.
  • Safe Access New Mexico provided five (5) different bills as proposed state legislation for the start of the 2019 Legislative Session, resulting in sections of medical cannabis policy actively used in newly passed MCP laws for 2019. Safe Access New Mexico has provided the Governor’s Office a Policy Letter requesting several bills for the upcoming 30 day Legislative Session in 2020. Policy Letter to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham Formally Requesting Cannabis Legislation for 2020 | Cannabis News Journal |

About Safe Access New Mexico and Americans For Safe Access (ASA)

The mission of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is to ensure safe and legal access to cannabis (marijuana) for therapeutic uses and research. ASA's stand on federal interference with medical cannabis state laws is one of zero-tolerance. ASA organizers engage in traditional, battle-tested tactics such as legislative organizing, community outreach, phone-in days, petition drives, etc., and supports the use of non-violent direct action as means of escalating tactics to reach campaign goals.

ASA helps organize media support for court cases, rapid response to law enforcement raids, and capacity-building for advocates. Our successful lobbying, media and legal campaigns have resulted in important court precedents, new sentencing standards, and more compassionate community guidelines.

It is important for all medical cannabis advocates to think about the following questions:

" Without hearing from you, how will your legislator know what is important to you?

" Do you want to trust decisions about access to medical cannabis solely to lobbyists and policymakers?

Each one of us and every individual who holds a state license that authorizes the use or provision of cannabis for medical purposes is breaking federal law.

The point is that YOU ARE the patient, the physician, the caregiver, the provider, the lawyer, the nurse, or family member who is affected by medical cannabis laws and policy. You are THE VOTER with the power to hold elected officials accountable for their positions on policy matters. And you are the expert about how these laws and policies affect your daily life.

So if you are not talking with you elected officials about medical cannabis, then ask yourself, "Who is?"

This is where you come in ... get involved now!

First, email, please send basic contact details.

Second, join the Movement, with the largest national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. With over 100,000 active members in all 50 states, Americans For Safe Access is the largest national member-based organization fighting for Medical Cannabis Patient Rights.

Third, join the discussion online in the Safe Access New Mexico's Facebook Group at and please Like and Follow the Safe Access New Mexico's Facebook Community page at:

What is an ASA Affiliate?ASA Affiliates are like-minded groups and organizations who choose to work on ASA campaigns in their regions. ASA Affiliates work with ASA on regional and national campaigns for safe access.

Affiliates are an incorporated entity and have at least 5 current members of ASA as associates of their organization.

Hold at least one joint fundraiser with ASA.
Participate in bi-annual reciprocal membership drive.
Promote ASA activities.
Support the Affiliate Statement of Principles

The ASA Affiliate Statement of Principles:
Support Safe Access. ASA Affiliates agree to support and participate in ASA campaigns to expand safe access to medical cannabis.

Community Respect. ASA Affiliates treat organizations and individuals in the medical cannabis movement with respect. ASA Affiliates seek to resolve any disputes with other activists or organizations in a calm and respectful manner.

Monthly Involvement. ASA Affiliates participate in ASA conference calls and organizing activities to stay networked with ASA and abreast of key developments in the fight for safe access.

About Safe Access New Mexico’s organizer: 
Jason Barker is an advocate for Safe Access New Mexico, an Affiliate of Americans For Safe Access; a freelance writer for Cannabis News Journal; and a medical cannabis patient in New Mexico. Jason funds this advocacy work through his landscape work in the foothills of the Sandia's.

Jason lives in Albuquerque with his dog, Tecumseh, who has a very severe case of canine structural epilepsy. Jason’s work has focused solely on medical cannabis issues, decriminalization of cannabis, hemp policy and does not work on legalization of cannabis for non-medical purposes or other illicit drug issues. 

*Mr. Barker is not paid or employed in the medical cannabis industry nor does he have any current financial interest in the medical cannabis industry or recreational cannabis industry.

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At the end of October 2019 in the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program, there are 34 licensed nonprofit producers with 98 dispensary locations across 20 counties serving 78,362 participants enrolled as of October 31, 2019, according to data from New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH).

In 2019, New Mexico’s medical cannabis law was updated twice with passing of 2 new laws, Senate Bill 204, Medical Cannabis in School and with Senate Bill 406, Medical Cannabis Changes. Also in 2019, New Mexico lawmakers passed a law to decriminalize cannabis with Senate Bill 323, Decrease Cannabis Penalties. Also during the 2019 legislative session, House Bill 581 Hemp Manufacturing Act was passed and signed into law. The legislation grants NMDA and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) the regulatory authority over Hemp manufacturers, processors, labs, researchers and plant breeders.

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.