Federal suit filed against EXPO New Mexico officials under First and Fourteenth Amendments
(Albuquerque) - New Mexico Top Organics-Ultra Health filed a complaint against three EXPO New Mexico officials for unconstitutional attempts to limit the company’s rights to display a cannabis educational and informative booth at the New Mexico State Fair in 2017.
Because EXPO New Mexico is a government entity and the New Mexico State Fair a public forum, restricting Ultra Health’s ability to educate the public and advocate on behalf of medical cannabis violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments, the lawsuit contends.
Patient enrollment sees biggest reported month to month jump in program history
(Albuquerque) – The Medical Cannabis Program’s patient enrollment reached 40,432 patients as of April 30, 2017, an increase of more than 5,500 patients since March according to the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH). The program is on track to enroll nearly 60,000 patients by the end of 2017.
March to April was the biggest month to month increase the program has seen since its inception in 2007. The number of patients enrolled in the program has increased by 84 percent since March 31, 2016 (NMDOH did not issue a patient statistics report for the month of April 2016). First quarter revenues in 2017 reached $19 million, with year-end revenues expected to reach $83.5 million.
Ruling allows Ultra Health’s seven locations to remain open during year’s biggest sales week
(Santa Fe) – Santa Fe District Judge David K. Thomson granted Ultra Health a stay Monday from the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) proposed sanction for bringing Dorothy, a 3-week-old cannabis seedling, to the New Mexico State Fair on September 8, 2016.
“[The] Court finds that the Petitioner [Ultra Health] will likely prevail on the merits of their arguments that the sanction imposed is excessive and without much support in law or regulation,” Judge Thomson said in his order.
The judge ordered a motion to stay the sanction of ceasing Ultra Health’s operations for five consecutive days and that Ultra Health must still pay the proposed $100 fine.
Joint venture between Ultra Health, Panaxia brings smokeless cannabis medicine to United States
(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – Ultra Health®, New Mexico’s No. 1 cannabis company with a nationwide presence, and Panaxia Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd, an Israeli pharmaceutical company specializing in pharmaceutical cannabis R&D and manufacturing, launched the first pharmaceuticalcannabis production facility in the United States, located in Bernalillo, New Mexico. The facility will manufacture smokeless, accurately dosed cannabis medicine in a variety of delivery methods.
Ultra Health extended a donation to the Town of Bernalillo for The Town's Children's Christmas Fund in December 2016, helping children who would otherwise not receive presents get a special surprise from Santa.
This is the second consecutive year Ultra Health has donated to the fund. Ultra Health has also contributed funds toward other services for the Town of Bernalillo such as coat and toy drives. The Mayor of Bernalillo, Jack Torres, sent a thank you letter to Ultra Health expressing the town's gratitude.
The letter reads:
"I am writing to express our deepest thanks on behalf of the Town Council and the staff of the Town of Bernalillo, for your recent donation to The Town's Children's Christmas Fund. Generous gifts from donors like you provide the financial and moral support needed to continue our mission. We raised over $11,000.00.
With your faithful contributions over the years, you've demonstrated your deep commitment to our community and ensure that every child in need was provided with a gift this Christmas.
Your support has repeatedly played a key role in our success. The children were so excited to receive their Christmas gifts personally delivered by Santa. It was such a wonderful gift to see the joy and pleasure the children got from their presents.
The tradition of the Children's Christmas fund began in 1957 for less fortunate children in our community. It is only with the support of people like yourself that we are able to continue this tradition. There is no way to fully express our gratitude for your loyalty. We at the Town of Bernalillo are continually inspired by the dedication and generosity of donors like yourself who answer the call to give again and again.
Thank you once again; your kindness is truly appreciated.
Jack Torres, Mayor"
Ultra Health also participates in other charitable causes regularly. Most recently, all six Ultra Health locations hosted a sock drive from November through the month of December, collecting and donating thousands of socks for nine charities across the state. The charities include Joy Junction, St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, Safe House, Bienvenidos Outreach, Many Mothers, Haven House and Hobbs Health Care Center.
Ultra Health also sponsors community events such as Zozobra, which will embark on its 93rd year of celebration in 2017. The Burning of Zozobra is a unique cultural event staged annually by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe on the Friday before Labor Day as an exciting and fiery kick-off to the historic 304 year-old Fiestas de Santa Fe.
November is shaping up to be a very exciting time for cannabis advocates. Hundreds of millions of Americans will be casting their vote for President November 8, while over 25 percent of the country will be voting on social and medical cannabis propositions.
The most exciting part? Legalization is leading in nearly every state where it is on the ballot. Even more exciting? If all states with legalization on the ballot approve, a quarter of the United States will be free from cannabis prohibition and 62 percent will live in states with medical programs.
Here’s where each state stands on legalization this upcoming election.
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.
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.
As the prescription drug overdose epidemic in the United States is increasingly getting out of control, it is time to explore safer alternatives to these highly addictive narcotics.
More than 14,000 people died in the United States from overdoses involving prescription opioids in 2014, according to the Center for Disease Control. During that same year New Mexico had the second highest total drug overdose death rate in the nation.
Between 2010 and 2014, 85 percent of New Mexico’s 33 counties had higher rates of drug overdose than the national average, some NM counties reaching 5 times the national rate, according to the New Mexico Department of Health. As this epidemic continues, more people are lost to prescription related deaths each year.