Medical Marijuana and the Rise of the Political Push for Legalization in New Mexico

The New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program or MCP was established in 2007 for New Mexico residents. In a recent push by State Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-Albuquerque), New Mexico could be the next state to legalize marijuana.

Medical Marijuana and the Rise of the Political Push for Legalization in New Mexico from Kevin Charles Moore on Vimeo.

With the recent introduction of SJR 10 by New Mexico State Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-Albuquerque) the push for legal recreational use of marijuana in New Mexico has begun. The bill is much like Colorado’s Amendment 64 and will allow New Mexico to regulate the production, sale and taxation of marijuana. This bill will also allow residents 21 years of age and older to legally posses marijuana for personal use. It is reported in a poll conducted by Gallup in 2013, that most Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana. While currently marijuana is not legal for recreational use in New Mexico, the state does have a Medical Cannabis Program in place.

Currently under the guidelines of the Medical Cannabis Program or MCP patients must have one of the 17 qualifying conditions to be eligible. But stipulations on the New Mexico Department of Health website states that, “If your patient does not have a qualifying condition and you feel they would benefit from the medical use of cannabis, that person can petition the Medical Advisory Board to add their condition to the current list.” While you can find most of the information for eligibility on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website; places like Peace Medical Marijuana Consultants help patients to get a better understanding of the program.

As of August 30th, 2013 it is reported on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website that there are 9960 active patients. To get enrolled you can contact places like Peace Medical Marijuana Consultants or follow the guidelines outlines on New Mexico Department of Health’s website. While it may seem easy to apply yourself, Peace Medical Marijuana Consultants offer a friendly face to help you understand the laws and know what is within your rights as a patient.

Peace Medical Marijuana Consultants in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Peace Medical Marijuana Consultants in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

New and returning patients fill out the same application with a submission that includes a copy of their New Mexico driver’s license or state identification. The state only allows residents of New Mexico to apply to the program. You must also provide medical documentation that supports the diagnosis of the condition from the list of 17 outlined by the New Mexico Department of Health. This must include past treatments with the dates of service and the possible benefit vs. risk of Medical Cannabis. Finally, qualifying patients will be provided with a Patient ID Card and a list of Licensed Non-Profit Producers or LNPP for short.

If you would like to read more about the laws behind the MCP you can review the rules on the Law Enforcement Information Sheet available at New Mexico Department of Health.

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