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.
Ultra Health remains New Mexico’s #1 medical cannabis provider for 2017
(Albuquerque) – The Medical Cannabis Program’s revenues from the first quarter of 2017 reached $19 million,a whopping86 percent increase over the first quarter of 2016 according to quarterly reports released by the New Mexico Department of Health.
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.
New Mexico’s number 1 cannabis company continues to provide medicine to underserved areas
(Albuquerque) – Ultra Health®, a national medical cannabis leader with a large New Mexico presence, is continuing its commitment to serving rural areas by opening its seventh location in Clovis on January 27, 2017. Ultra Health now has locations in five counties across New Mexico.
The new location – a 1,600 square foot facility at 1512 North Prince Street – will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It will be Ultra Health’s third dispensary in a rural area, with two others in Hobbs and Bernalillo.
Cannabis industry revenues up more than 64 percent over last year.
(Albuquerque) – The Medical Cannabis Program’s total industry revenues from 2015 to 2016 increased by $19.7 million, resulting in$50,638,520 and a growth of 64 percent. Cannabis sales significantly surpassed other notable industries. Comparatively, the New Mexico chile crop was valued at $41.1 million in 2015 and the state’s craft beer industry is expected to generate $30 million in 2016.
The last reported New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) active patient enrollees was 32,840 as of October 2016, an increase of 76 percent from the prior year at 18,628. The growth in total dollar sales continues to lag behind patient enrollee count, validating an underserved demand attributable to the lack of adequate supply in the marketplace. Enrollee information for November and December 2016 has not been released by NMDOH. Continue reading "New Mexico Medical Cannabis Sales Exceed $50.6 Million in 2016"→
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.
The first Cannabis Cup in Las Vegas will mark merger of the medical and social cannabis use
(Las Vegas) – Ultra Health®, a national medical cannabis leader and New Mexico’s largest provider, is partnering with HIGH TIMES, the premier cannabis brand for 42 years, to introduce the first HIGH TIMES Las Vegas Cannabis Cup on March 4 and 5, 2017.
The event, to be held at the Moapa River Indian Reservation just a short ride away from the Las Vegas Strip, will kick off HIGH TIMES’ 2017 Live & Legal Cannabis Experience Tour. It comes just a few months after Nevada’s social cannabis use will be legalized on January 1, 2017.
New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program revenues continue upward growth in third quarter
(Albuquerque) – The Medical Cannabis Program’s total patient revenues for the first nine months ending September 30, 2016 exceeded $35.5 million, representing a 66 percent increase over the same period in 2015. The thirty-five licensed New Mexico medical cannabis producers are on pace for a record setting year of $48.4 million.
Five providers, including Ultra Health®, had patient sales over $1 million in the third quarter alone, which is an industry first. The top 10 providers account for nearly three-quarters of total medical cannabis nine month revenues in New Mexico, while the 12 new providers licensed in December 2015 account for slightly over 2 percent of the total. Ultra Health® was the top percentage gainer and top producer for the third quarter with revenues up by 31 percent.Continue reading "New Mexico Medical Cannabis Revenues Hit New Record in Third Quarter"→