Category : Compassionate Use Act
The Department of Health has proposed changes to New Mexico’s cannabis program that take the compassion out of the Compassionate Use Act. Help us object to the new rules and keep your medicine as inexpensive and accessible as possible.
Click on THIS LINK and print a letter you can submit to the Department of Health before the hearing on June 16. Help protect the program!
1. The Department of Health wants to start charging patients a $50.00 fee to renew their patient cards.
2. With the proposed changes a patient could only purchase 170 units in a three month period or 0.2 grams (200 milligrams) of THC for cannabis-derived products in a three month period.
3. When patients renew their cards, they would have to submit their paperwork 90 days prior to the expiration date. You will have to renew every 9 months to keep your card.
4. The Department of Health wants to cut the number of plants a patient can grow with a Personal Production License.
5. The Department of Health wants to force patients with a Personal Production License to go through a state and federal background check. The state’s own survey indicated there is a shortage of medicine in New Mexico, and yet the administration wants to make it harder to grow your own, plus increase costs to patients.
6. The Department of Health wants to raise the producer renewal fee from 30,000 to 90,000. MJ is a small producer and more than likely will not be able to pay that kind of extreme fee. Our doors would close, and you would be forced to find another resource. If MJ can keep our doors open, we will have no choice but to pass some of that cost on to you the patients. WE DO NOT WANT THAT! MJ just lowered our prices and do not want to drive up the price to fill the pockets of the Department of Health.
7. The Department of Health is proposing changes to testing of product that will create more cost for producers. Some new procedures force producers to either ask our employees to work overtime or take on more staff. This, too, will lead to price increased of all products for patients.
8. The Department of Health is proposing changes to the way manufactures can produce edibles. Manufacturers will incur more cost to produce the edibles, and that cost will get passed on to patients.
9. MJ Express-O would no longer be allowed to use volunteers at our production site, in our offices or for deliveries. We will have to bring on more staff or stop deliveries. This will affect the cost and availability of medicine.
These are just a few of the proposed rule changes. Read the rest on the Department of Health website: http://nmhealth.org/about/mcp/svcs/
We ask you to join in this fight. We feel these changes only make it harder for you to obtain safe medicine. We ask that you tell your fellow patients and the people who love them, and ask them to object, too.
Call, email or write the Department of Health. Let your voice be heard:
Medical Cannabis Program
New Mexico Department of Health
P.O. Box 26110
1190 S. St. Francis Drive, S-3400
Santa Fe, NM 87502-6110
There will also be a hearing in Santa Fe on June 16th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Harold Runnels Building (1190 S. St. Francis Drive).
The Department is counting on your compliance to make this happen. Speak up and let them know that you won’t stand for it!