New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program Surpasses 30,000 Patients

The Medical Cannabis Program reaches all-time high patient numbers in August

(Taos) – The number of patients in the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program reached 30,140 this month, including 975 pending applications, according to a document released by the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Monday at a legislative meeting in Taos.

NMDOH confirmed in a written statement that zero new patient applications or renewals have been denied during fiscal year 2016. There are currently 6,300 patients with Personal Production Licenses (PPLs), and zero PPL applications have been denied.

"We are pleased to confirm that we are above 30,000 patients and to acknowledge the reality that 100 percent of all applications are approved,” said Duke Rodriguez, CEO and President of Ultra Health ® , LLC. “It would be wise to immediately adopt a policy of presumptive eligibility thereby making certain there are no further delays in getting patients their rights to access medical cannabis.”

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New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program Revenue Hits New Record

Despite high license fees, low plant count and delayed patient cards, may hit $48 million for year

(Albuquerque) – The Medical Cannabis Program’s total patient revenues for the first six months ended June 30, 2016 exceeded $21.8 million, representing a whopping 67 percent increase over the same period in 2015. The medical cannabis industry is on pace for a record setting year of $48.4 million.

Four providers, including Ultra Health®, had patient sales over $1 million in the second quarter alone, which is an industry first. The top 10 providers account for nearly three-­quarters of total medical cannabis six month revenues in New Mexico. Ultra Health® was the top gainer for the second quarter with revenues up by 58.2 percent.

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New Mexico Lawsuit Filed to Ensure Adequate Supply of Medical Cannabis

Medical cannabis caregiver and licensed producer initiate legal battle for adequate supply

(Albuquerque) – Nicole Sena, a medical cannabis caregiver to her infant daughter with a rare form of epilepsy, and New Mexico Top Organics-Ultra Health Inc., filed a complaint against the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) on Tuesday on the basis that the Medical Cannabis Program’s 450 plant count is causing direct and immediate harm.

Due to the restrictive plant count, producers are unable to supply Sena with medicine her daughter desperately needs. The lawsuit addresses a long standing complaint by patients for the lack of available medicine. The parties believe court intervention is needed to ensure the NMDOH meets its statutory obligation.

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Cannabis Producers pay $2.76 Million by Deadline

While fees remain high, plant count restriction limits available medicine

(Albuquerque) – The 35 Licensed Non­Profit Producers (LNPPs) of New Mexico’s fully patient-­funded and self-­supporting Medical Cannabis Program paid $2.76 million in fees to the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Monday, according to a report released from the NMDOH.

The fees were for a total of 13,800 plants, which serve the state’s 26,568 medical cannabis patients as of June 30, 2016. The current ratio of plants per patient is one half of a plant per patient in New Mexico, while other states such as Colorado approve 6 plants per patient for medical cannabis producers, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue’s 2015 annual update. On average, 300,000 to 320,000 medical cannabis plants were cultivated each month in Colorado.

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