New Mexico still has one of the nation's strictest policies concerning the use of cannabis for recreational purposes. However, the state’s authorities have been making steps forward in developing an extended New Mexico medical marijuana program.
The state Senate has recently approved a new bill that would increase the maximum number of cannabis plants for each cultivator as well as provide new conditions for prescribing the herb.
As soon as the number of the state’s registered cannabis patients reaches 35,000, the maximum amount of plants that can be cultivated by each grower would be increased. The volumes of the herb’s production would eventually rise to satisfy the demand. Currently, there are about 32,000 registered patients enrolled in the medical marijuana program of New Mexico.
The bill would also add 14 medical conditions that qualify for cannabis treatment and allow New Mexico’s visitors registered in other states' medical cannabis programs to purchase marijuana in the state. Unfortunately, one of the provisions had to be dropped—it was the one that allowed military veterans to qualify as medical cannabis patients without being previously diagnosed.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Cisco McSorley, has already won Senate approval and is moving on to the House of Representatives.