The New Mexico decide opposes modifications to the state’s medical marijuana guidelines


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January 29, 2021




A New Mexico District Court judge ruled in 2020 for invalid changes to the state’s medical marijuana regulations that would have significantly changed the program.

The changes to the regulations included a requirement that marijuana growers must change licenses when physical changes are made to facilities, as well as increased requirements for cannabis testing for pesticides and heavy metals, according to the NM Political Report.

First District Judge Bryan Biedscheid wrote that the rule changes contained no evidence from the program and the New Mexico Health Department – which oversees medical marijuana in the state – in support of the changes.

The judge also wrote that the changes are invalid because the program has not previously consulted the state medical cannabis advisory board.

According to NM Politics, the health department gave no indication of whether it would appeal the ruling or “start the rulemaking process from scratch.”

The group of petitioners – including Ultra Health, the state’s largest MMJ company – who originally filed the lawsuit, argued that the rules were arbitrary and that the increased testing requirements would negatively affect medical marijuana patients, especially higher ones Prices.

The New Mexico program already had standards for the labeling and testing of marijuana, and these will remain unchanged.

Medical cannabis sales in New Mexico are expected to reach around $ 200 million this year. According to the Marijuana Business Factbook, the state’s MMJ sales were $ 130 million in 2019.

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