Recently the New Mexico Tourism Department decided to launch its New Mexico True Certified program, highlighting products that are “uniquely New Mexican.” While this is a great program, it is limiting its success by denying access to one of the state’s most promising products.
It’s green. And no, it’s not chile.
The program requires all plant and nonmeat agricultural products to be 100 percent produced in the state with traceable documentation to where it was grown. Ultra Health products fit this requirement, as its high quality, medical grade cannabis and other products infused with medical cannabis are grown and produced at its cultivation center in Bernalillo.
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New Mexico is experiencing vast budget shortages stemming from a historically limited private sector economy and lower than expected oil and gas revenues. Rarely, if ever have the state coffers been sufficient to fully fund the programmatic needs for improved education, a stronger justice system and expanded but needed healthcare. Of the three largest budget demands, only one is both a true economic and social positive multiplier to the improved well-‐being of the state’s individual residents and the overall state wide economy: Medicaid. New Mexico is in an envious position of being able to obtain $3 in Federal match for each $1 the State provides. Likewise, every single dollar cut from the Medicaid program results in a combined $4 dollars less being released into our communities for hospitals, caregivers, medicines, healthcare workers, behavioral health services and those who often time care for our most vulnerable populations: single parents, children, working poor, chronically ill, the aged or disabled.
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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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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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