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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DOH faces questions over med pot program shortcomings

By Andy Lyman / The NM Political Report

Published on August 22, 2016

TAOS — Medical cannabis patients, producers and advocates met with a legislative committee Monday afternoon to discuss issues New Mexico’s medical marijuana program. About 50 people gathered in the Taos County Commission Chambers for a Legislative Health & Human Services Committee for an opportunity to hear from New Mexico Department of Health Secretary-Designate Lynn Gallagher regarding patient card wait times, provider plant limits and organizational issues within the department.

Gallagher defended the program, which has been under fire for long wait times for medical cannabis cards, and told legislators her department was making progress in improving the medical cannabis program by increasing plant limits and how much marijuana patients can possess.

“We’re not perfect but we are moving in a forward, positive direction,” Gallagher told lawmakers.

The entire committee meeting lasted more than five hours and only covered medical marijuana, but in the last hour, lawmakers asked pointed questions about the program and Gallagher’s plans for the future.

Besides announcing that the department was in the process of hiring more employees, Gallagher announced the new director of the medical cannabis program—former public information officer Kenny Vigil.

Sen. Craig Brandt, the only Republican member of the committee to attend the meeting, addressed the handful of patients in the audience.

“I feel your pain, literally,” the senator from Rio Rancho, who suffers from chronic pain, said. Brandt also addressed the fact that lines are blurred as to what is in state statute and what is department rule.

“I would really like a list of what is required by law and what is being required by rule,” Brandt told Gallagher.

Rep. Debbie Armstrong, D-Albuquerque, said a majority of the issues brought up during the meeting would not require legislation and could be changed internally within the DOH.

“Almost everything we’ve talked about today is in rule, not in statute,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong also took the opportunity to criticize plant limits, saying products made from THC concentrate take more plants than producers are currently allowed to grow.

“By restricting the plant count you’re also restricting innovation,” Armstrong said.

Willie Ford, a medical cannabis producer, spoke to the panel and said while there is room for improvement from the department, he has a “very positive” relationship with DOH.

Still, Ford criticized the program and DOH for not including more stakeholders in business discussions.

Duke Rodriguez (L) and Willie Ford

Duke Rodriguez (L) and Willie Ford

“What’s missing right now is a very crucial component,” Ford said. “A committee that brings in experts from the field.”

Ultra Health CEO and President Duke Rodriguez presented the panel with figures that show there is a shortage of cannabis for the amount of patients in New Mexico.

Numbers, Rodriguez argued, paint a more accurate picture of the medical marijuana program in New Mexico.

Rodriguez told committee members of three things that are difficult to hide.

“The moon, the sun and the truth,” Rodriguez said.

Gallagher and the DOH came under fire from legislators earlier this month for not showing up to a meeting to discuss extended wait times for patient cannabis cards.

Gallagher addressed wait times last week by announcing that DOH extended certifications for expired cards. Some patients took an opportunity to criticize the department for the wait times and Gallagher personally for not staying to listen to patients’ concerns.

Gallagher and other DOH staffers, including Vigil, left the meeting before the public comment period.

Tulima Mauga, a medical cannabis patient, tearfully told lawmakers about her numerous conditions that are helped by treating with marijuana. She said she took issue with Gallagher leaving before she and other patients could air their concerns.

“Where’s the secretary that said she would be here to listen to me?” Mauga asked the committee members. “At least you’re here.”

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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Lawsuit challenges state limit on medical pot plants

By Deborah Baker / Albuquerque Journal

Published on August 18, 2016

SANTA FE – New Mexico’s limit on the number of plants a licensed medical marijuana producer may grow is keeping some patients from getting what they need and driving up the cost, a lawsuit against the state Department of Health says.It was filed this week in state District Court by a marijuana producer and by the mother of a baby with epilepsy who uses an oil derived from cannabis to control her seizures.

The limit on plants – 450 per producer – has created “a dire situation” for medically fragile patients who can’t find the products they need or can’t get enough of the products, the lawsuit contends.

It asks the court to rule that the current plant limit is arbitrary, and to either eliminate it or greatly increase it.

According to the lawsuit, Bernalillo County resident Nicole Sena has a daughter – not yet 1 year old – with a rare form of epilepsy whose seizures have stopped and whose condition has improved with the use of oil from a strain of cannabis called Haleigh’s Hope.

But Sena hasn’t been able to find a reliable supply of Haleigh’s Hope in New Mexico and often has to leave the state to find it, according to the lawsuit.

The specialized product has little or none of the cannabis compound THC, which is psychotropic, and has high levels of the non-psychotropic compound CBD.

So producing it requires a much greater volume of raw plant material than other cannabis products, according to the lawsuit, which was filed by Sena and by New Mexico Top Organics-Ultra Health Inc.

The company says it has been forced to buy marijuana and marijuana products from other producers to meet patient demand. That’s much more expensive than growing the plants itself, and it drives up the cost for Sena, the lawsuit contends.

Ultra Health CEO Duke Rodriguez, who headed the state Human Services Department 20 years ago, said in a statement that the state’s regulations should “reflect the reality of patient-specific needs” as well as take into account the program’s growth.

According to the lawsuit, from June 2015 to June 2016 the number of patients enrolled in the state’s medical marijuana program grew from 15,265 to 26,568.

“Our primary goal is to ensure patients have safe access to medicine,” Department of Health spokesman David Morgan said Thursday in response to a request for comment.

He noted the plant limit for producers was raised from 150 to 450 last year, the amount of medical marijuana a patient can have was increased, and 12 new producers have been licensed, for a total of 35. As the new producers get established, “there will be more medicine for patients,” he said.

But the lawsuit claims the 450 figure is baseless and guarantees that the program “will never allow enough cannabis to be produced to ensure an adequate supply.”

An increasing demand for specialized products – for example, an edible product that has high concentrations of one cannabis compound and low concentrations of another – will worsen the supply problem, the plaintiffs said.

Mother’s lawsuit seeks to strike medical pot production cap

By Dan Shwartz / Santa Fe New Mexican

Published on August 17, 2016

Nicole Sena says only one treatment has tamed the seizures that once plagued her infant daughter — a particular strain of cannabis oil that has proven tough to find in New Mexico.

While marijuana is legal for approved patients in the state’s Medical Cannabis Program, the number of plants grown by licensed producers is strictly limited by state regulations. Sena, who argues that the cap has led to a shortage of the cannabis oil her daughter needs, is asking a judge to strike down the rules. She filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the New Mexico Department of Health.

A department spokesman said the agency has no immediate plans to lift the cap, which allows producers to grow up to 450 marijuana plants at a time. The spokesman, David Morgan, declined to comment on Sena’s lawsuit.

New Mexico Top Organics-Ultra Health Inc., a licensed cannabis supplier in the state, is the second plaintiff in the suit against the Department of Health, according to a news release from the company. A spokeswoman said the company became involved to help Sena compile facts in the case.

The type of cannabis that relieves the type of seizures from which Sena’s daughter suffers is called Haleigh’s Hope, a strain low in the compound that produces psychotropic effects, according to the lawsuit. The drug has completely ended the baby’s seizures, allowing her to develop mentally, the lawsuit states.

But to buy the drug, Sena says in the complaint, she often has to leave the state. The treatment is hard to find in New Mexico because suppliers here are prevented from growing enough marijuana plants to create the concentrated oil, which requires at least four times more raw plant material than other specialized products, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit says the state’s cap on marijuana production is arbitrary, and isn’t based on “practical, scientific or economic data.”

“Unfortunately, the new plant limits guarantee that the Program will never allow enough cannabis to be produced to ensure an adequate supply,” the lawsuit states.

Demand, Sans Supply: A Q&A on New Mexico’s medical cannabis economy

By Peter St. Cyr / Santa Fe Reporter

Published on August 17, 2016

Economist Kelly O’Donnell, former New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department secretary under Gov. Bill Richardson, and Duke Rodriguez, president of Ultra Health, a state licensed cannabis producer, recently discussed their views on cannabis program regulations that they say could lead to a 7-ton shortage and a new lawsuit aimed at improving patients’ access to the drug.

SFR: New Mexico already ranks low for several health and well-being indicators. Do cannabis shortages create more disparities?
O’Donnell: The burden of poor health is far heavier on some New Mexicans than it is on others. Low income people, rural residents, recent immigrants, and certain racial groups, most notably Native Americans, are at a real disadvantage when it comes to healthcare, resources for disease prevention and healthy living, and a number of debilitating diseases and conditions including diabetes and chronic pain.

Do the plant caps have other side effects?
Yes. It prevents suppliers from innovating and offering the broader array of products that better target certain health conditions or the needs of different kinds of patients. With such a limited supply of plant material, suppliers are going to play it safe and limit production to the one sure thing—higher-THC cannabis flower, which is great if that’s what you’re into, but not so great if your medical issues require a more nuanced or sophisticated treatment.

Are unreasonable regulations creating other market barriers?
Let me start off by saying that, as a former regulator and a member of the general public, regulation is a very good thing, particularly when it comes to the substances that we put in our bodies and the protection of people who are sick and suffering. But to be beneficial, regulations need to thoughtfully constructed with active input from experts who know the topic inside and out. Cannabis regulation is complicated. It involves aspects of agriculture, economics, state revenue collection, public safety and health. If you don’t think through all of these aspects carefully, you end up with unintended consequences like we have now. Supply limits that force some people who are legally entitled to purchase medical cannabis to buy it from illicit suppliers because they can’t get what they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford in the regulated market.

What’s needed to create a well-functioning market here?
Regulators need to focus on public safety and consumer protection, making sure high standards of quality and purity are sustained and that consumers are adequately and honestly informed about the products they are purchasing. Done well, regulation benefits the highest-caliber licensees and levels the playing field by ensuring that everyone is playing by the same rules and held to the same standards. Bad regulation telegraphs to business that either the regulator doesn’t really understand what they or regulating or they have other objectives, not related to public health and well-being. Either way, the message that gets sent to the market is one of uncertainty, and uncertainty is the last thing you want if you’re trying to build a business or create jobs.

Can a well-supported medical cannabis program displace black market dealers?
In states where adults can buy recreational cannabis legally, a primary objective of regulation is to drive the black market out of business with better quality and lower prices. This is a much more efficient strategy than continuing to wage the war on drugs—telling dealers not to engage in a business that our own laws have made very profitable and then locking them up on the rare occasions that they get caught. A medical cannabis market like New Mexico’s obviously can’t crowd out the black market, but it can at least shrink it by preventing medical cannabis cardholders from having to buy from illegal, unregulated sources.

You discuss the benefits of allowing producers to capitalize on economies of scale in your report. Will you explain what that means exactly?
Economies of scale are present when average production costs drop as production increases. In other words, the 110th widget costs a little less to produce than the 109th—and the more widgets you produce, the less each subsequent one costs. Economies of scale are present, up to a point, in many agricultural and manufacturing processes. Cannabis production is no exception. Growing more plants enables workers to specialize in certain tasks, increasing their efficiency. It allows certain commodities, including soil, nutrients and light bulbs to be purchased cheaper in bulk. It also spreads capital costs, like building a greenhouse or setting up irrigation systems to handle bigger production volume. Maximizing economies of scale minimizes cost. So far, lack of competition does not appear to be a problem in states that allow large-scale production like Oregon and Colorado.

Even if some of the businesses are allowed to scale up, do you think that there will still be room in the market for boutique dispensaries?
There is ample evidence in other states and other markets that large producers don’t crowd out smaller, more specialized suppliers. Right now I can go to Walmart and buy tomatoes for 99 cents a pound, or I can go to Whole Foods and drop $6 on a purple heirloom the size of a golf ball, and I wouldn’t be the only one.

In your view, are public health officials in a position to effectively regulate essentially agricultural crops?
Not without actively soliciting, listening to, and acting upon the advice of experts in agriculture.

Do you think that the state’s regulation and licensing department may be better positioned to manage the medical cannabis industry?
It’s hard to say. A lot would depend upon the underlying state statute and how the board was structured. If the board included subject matter experts, was representative of the broad range of stakeholders, and had rule making and disciplinary authority, it could potentially do a very good job of protecting consumers while at the same time fostering a robust market.

Duke, why did you commission a New Mexico cannabis market report?

Rodriguez: If 'adequate supply' is the question, then 'adequate information' has to be a huge part of the answer. Anecdotal information will only get you so far. If you are serious about a topic you have to subject it to serious scrutiny. In this case, we thought a valid demand model/analysis would be the most effective way to prove beyond any reasonable doubt the dire situation the NMDOH has placed patients' wellness. It’s hard to believe we have a $45 million program with no meaningful modeling, projections, or vision from NMDOH on how this program should be operated. We took on the burden of doing the heavy lifting of securing the expert analysis needed to make the best informed decision for patients. This study is long overdue and hopefully the NMDOH, the Legislature, the Governor's Office, the courts and most importantly the patients will have something so indisputable that folks will set aside their personal or political beliefs and make decisions focused first on patient well-being.

Without collecting this kind of market data, has the health department put patients at risk?

The evidence is clear: Current demand greatly exceeds any allowed cultivation to ensure adequate supply under current regulation. The department has continuously underestimated patient needs, whether it be timely issuance of cards, appropriate regulation and, now, ensuring adequate supply. This is so important because you can’t be making decisions based upon 'guesstimates', especially when it involves the well-being of over 30,000 vulnerable New Mexicans.

The health department hasn’t seemed willing to engage in dialog with program stakeholders. Why do you think they’ve been unwilling to discuss these issues outside of formal public hearings?

We have tried to exercise every form of diplomacy in dealing with the NMDOH, but there is clearly a hidden agenda or a belief system that precludes them from seeing the reality of what is at stake here. The entire issue at stake here is guaranteeing what is already provided by law to New Mexicans, the continuous "uninterrupted availability of cannabis for a period of three months."

The legal right of adequate supply is due every single qualified patient statewide, for whatever cannabis medicine or dosage needed. The ongoing availability of medicine is a legal obligation to make certain we never run out of medicine for any patient, ever. It should not matter if you are in Albuquerque or Silver City, or whether you are nine days old or 99 years old.

Do you think the study and lawsuit will help regulators shift their thinking about the way they regulate the program?

They may not be able to fully make the shift on their own. To move from being the agency that advocated against the use of cannabis in any form for so long to now being the agency that is charged to promote wellness and health through the proper use of cannabis, may be too great of a policy pivot. Ultimately, the truth of this needed policy shift may be too great a challenge for the Department.

Short Supply

Mother, producer sue health department over 'arbitrary' plant limits

By Peter St. Cyr / Santa Fe Reporter

Published on August 17, 2016

A top economist spent the summer collecting information about the state’s medical cannabis market and says her study proves the health department’s strict 450-plant cap is responsible for an endless shortage of medication.

Current demand for cannabis exceeds supply by 2.26 tons, and the deficiency is forecast to grow to 6.8 tons by the first quarter in 2018, according to Kelly O’Donnell, a former regulation and licensing department secretary under then-Gov. Bill Richardson.

“Having a very limited supply of plant material prevents suppliers from innovating and offering the broader array of products like edibles, patches and lozenges, or products with different concentrations of specific cannabinoids—CBD, for example—that better target certain health conditions or the needs of different kinds of patients,” says O’Donnell.

Officials at the New Mexico Department of Health admit they haven’t done a good job predicting rapid growth in the program. Instead, rules are based on Secretary-Designate Lynn Gallagher’s concerns for potential Drug Enforcement Agency intervention. She also worries that increased inventories could be diverted to the black market, create producer monopolies or up the potential for large crop disease.

Shortages are a huge problem for thousands of patients and caregivers, including Nicole Nuñez, the mother of 8-month-old Amylea Nuñez. Amylea suffers from life-threatening seizures, and Nuñez often has to travel to Colorado to buy the cannabis-derived oil that helps her infant, even though a producer says he can make enough here if the state gave the green light.

On Tuesday, local attorney Brian Egolf filed a complaint in state district court in Santa Fe on behalf of Nuñez (using her legal name, Nichole Sena) and licensed producer New Mexico Top Organics–Ultra Health, Inc.

In part, the lawsuit states that “the program is still managed and governed by an arbitrary and capricious production limitation that ensures there will never be an adequate supply of cannabis in New Mexico.”

Egolf argues the health agency and Gallagher are ignoring a legally mandated duty to ensure an uninterrupted 90-day supply of cannabis medication for qualified patients.

“In this case, we thought a valid demand model/analysis would be the most effective way to prove beyond any reasonable doubt the dire situation the NMDOH has placed patients’ wellness,” says Duke Rodriguez, Ultra Health’s president. “It’s hard to believe we have a $45 million program with no meaningful modeling, projections or vision from NMDOH on how this program should be operated.”

The department could license more producers rather than increase plant counts, but O’Donnell says that would only solve the problem for two years and would not set up growers to benefit from economies of scale or have enough material to develop specialty medications like Haley’s Hope, which costs Nuñez and her husband Ernie $175 for a single 2-ounce bottle. To extract the cannabinoids needed to make the drug requires lots of flowering buds—generally more than New Mexico producers are willing to set aside to manufacture the specialty medication.

The lack of scientific modeling and avoidable staffing deficits have already ensnarled program staff as patient enrollments has rocketed up 81 percent since June 2015, from 15,265 patients to 26,568 patients at last count in July 2016. Staffers spent the entire summer catching up on a backlog of applications that is still not resolved.

The plaintiffs claim the department’s restrictive plant cap makes it impossible to keep up with patient growth, and they want a judge to order Gallagher to lift the agency’s “arbitrary” cap before patients’ health is negatively impacted.

Rodriguez hired O’Donnell to produce the data-driven market report. She determined that about 1.2 percent of the state’s population is currently registered in the program, but another 630,000 residents, or about 30 percent of the state’s population, suffer from at least one of the program’s qualifying medical conditions. O’Donnell expects many of them will begin to enroll in the program.

To support a robust medical cannabis market in New Mexico as demand for medication increases, O’Donnell suggests the state’s 35 current growers will have to increase harvest yields up to 600 percent by early 2018 and be allowed to grow between 27,000 and 37,000 additional plants—more than double the 13,800 plants producers paid to grow between now and August 2017. This is still significantly less than the 320,000 or more plants being cultivated in Colorado each month.

As New Mexico’s aging population increases to 33 percent of the state’s total population by 2030, supply could be further constrained as even more residents will qualify for the program. Other epidemiological trends will also affect the upward demand, O’Donnell says, including the number of patients suffering from PTSD, chronic pain and those with opiate use disorder who plan to petition the department to allow cannabis to be used as way to treat addiction to prescription painkillers.

For now, Rodriguez and others are left to question why the department imposed plant caps since the enabling act in 2007 doesn’t specify a limit. They also wonder why Gallagher is ignoring New Mexico State University scientists’ view that smaller crops are more likely to be affected by various diseases than larger grows.

O’Donnell tells SFR that the health department may not be the best agency to oversee the program. While they do, market penetration or monopolization isn’t something the health department should be concerned about.

“They’re already in over their heads trying to regulate essentially an agricultural crop,” she says.

Nuñez is aware that the DEA, like her daughter’s own doctors, refuses to recognize the drug’s medicinal value—but Nuñez insists it’s a life-saver.

She’d like more places to access it in New Mexico. Better yet, Nuñez would like to have her insurance plan pay for her daughter’s cannabis. But that, she knows, is a different battle for a different day.

Mother, producer sue state over cannabis shortage

By Christopher Ortiz / Albuquerque Business First

Published on August 17, 2016

One of the state's medical marijuana producers and a New Mexico mother whose infant daughter has a rare form of epilepsy filed a lawsuit against the New Mexico Department of Health Tuesday claiming a shortage in plants is causing direct and immediate harm to patients.

The mother, Nicole Sena, and Ultra Health Inc. are suing over the state's Medical Cannabis Program's 450-plant count limit for producers. The plaintiffs claim that because of the state's restrictive plant count, producers are unable to supply Sena with medicine her daughter needs.

As of last month, the state had 26,568 medical marijuana patients, according to the Santa Fe Reporter.

Ultra Health, a regional medical cannabis company with six locations in New Mexico, has made headlines over the past few months. The company said it was denied a sponsorship at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta this year, but later announced it was going to be the title sponsor of the Gathering of Nations Powwow for the next five years. Ultra Health also said it was denied the right to use the New Mexico True certification on its products by the New Mexico Tourism Department.

According to the New Mexico Department of Health, medical cannabis producers in the state brought in almost $9.9 million in total receipts in the first quarter. The Santa Fe Reporter says Ultra Health brought in about $727,000 of that money.

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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Ultra Health may be coming to Silver City

By Danny Udero / Silver City Sun-News

Published on August 3, 2016

ltra Health was approved for a business license to operate in Silver City and is waiting for an approval from the Department of Health before it can operate in Silver City.

"They have met all the standards for the town so they were issued a license," Town of Silver City town manager Alex Brown said. "This was done about a month ago."

According to Phillip Bryson of the Ultra Health corporate office in Arizona, they applied for a permit to the Department of Health to be legally open in Silver City more than a month ago but have received no response.

"It's been taking upward of 60 days or more for the state to get back to us on anything," Bryson said. "Even to approve a patient card. As soon as we get an approval back from the state we will know what's going on."

Ultra Health is a medical cannabis company who was just denied participation to the New Mexico True Certification program. The program brings national attention to the quality, care and craftsmanship behind products that are uniquely New Mexican. Syzygy Tile in Silver City was just put on the program. Plant-based products must use plants or non-meat agricultural products originating from New Mexico with proper traceable documentation. According to a news release, Ultra Health claims all medical grade cannabis products sold in New Mexico are produced in the state therefore should fully meet the criteria to be considered for the program.

"We are the fastest growing sector in New Mexico's economy," Duke Rodriguez, CEO and President of Ultra Health, said. "The medical cannabis industry is the most significant opportunity for the state to diversify its economy and become less reliant on federal government. In comparison, it will create more jobs and more of an economic impact than two of our other favorite industries such as chile and craft microbreweries."

Aimee Barabe of the New Mexico Tourism Department told Ultra Health in an email, "Cannabis is still illegal under federal law and New Mexico limits consumption for medical purposes only with a prescription. The Tourism Department primarily advertises or markets outside of New Mexico, including the New Mexico True Certified program, and therefore, couldn't accept the application for participation in the program."

According to Ultra Health, there are nearly 30,000 New Mexico residents with medical cannabis cards. New Mexico cardholders can legally buy state-approved products in Nevada and soon Hawaii through a program of reciprocity. Ultra Health further stated that the New Mexico cannabis industry is estimated to reach more than $45 million in sales in 2016. The expectation in gross receipts to the New Mexico general fund in 2016 is estimated at $3.5 million by Ultra Health. An additional $3 million should also be contributed due to licensing.

Ultra Health has facilities in Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada.