New Mexico

Mon
11
Mar

Bill Improving New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program passes Senate Floor

Yesterday Senate Bill 406 passed the Senate Floor (33-2). The measure, sponsored by Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-Bernalillo) seeks to and expand access to medical cannabis in New Mexico. Currently many medical cannabis patients still face discrimination and lack access to their medicine.

Statement from Senator Ortiz y Pino:

Wed
06
Mar

Marijuana study: THC could have more medical value than CBD

Often in the media, general conversations about marijuana’s medicinal benefits reduce the plant’s 100-plus cannabinoids to a focus of one — cannabidiol, or CBD, as it’s commonly referred. CBD is non-psychoactive, presenting an easier entry point for new users while THC includes the intoxicating “high” cannabis is known for. One reductive consensus you might hear is that CBD contains all the good therapeutic value of cannabis, while THC includes virtually known and only benefits those who want to get high.

Tue
05
Mar

New Mexico raises cap for medical marijuana producers

New Mexico's medical marijuana producers have received approval from state regulators to temporarily boost by fivefold the number of plants they are allowed to grow as the result of a legal battle centered on concerns about demand and adequate supplies.

The state health department issued is an emergency rule change last Friday, when a court order invalidating the state's 450-plant limit was set to kick in.

The amendment sets the cap at 2,500 plants per producer at least through Aug. 28. It will be up to the health department to launch a public process over the next six months for crafting a permanent rule that governing how many plants will be allowed.

Thu
28
Feb

THC might have more medical value than CBD, says cannabis study

A group of researchers from the University of New Mexico have found that scientists may have been mistaken about the chemicals that are most and least associated with marijuana's medicinal properties, writes Calvin Hughes.

THC is the compound in marijuana best-known for creating the signature high you get after consuming cannabis. And most of the time, THC is disregarded as having any medicinal properties. Instead, the medicinal properties of marijuana are usually attributed to CBD, a cannabis compound that does not have any intoxicating effects. That may not be the case though, as new research suggests these common assumptions about THC and CBD could be wrong.

Tue
26
Feb

Two New Mexico committees passed Bills to legalize marijuana

In New Mexico, recreational cannabis is coming closer to reality. Two separate bills—one sponsored by House Democrats, the other by Senate Republicans—were recently approved by committees. The variations between the two pieces of legislature serve to illustrate a growing divide on how marijuana legalization should proceed.

Thu
31
Jan

Medical cannabis changes bill introduced in New Mexico

Today Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-Bernalillo) introduced SB406 to expand access to medical cannabis in New Mexico.

Wed
23
Jan

New Mexico State Senator says he's optimistic his recreational marijuana Bill will pass

Many are waiting for the next state to make the major step of legalizing recreational marijuana, and according to one state senator, the state to watch is New Mexico, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Wed
09
Jan

New Mexico’s pot legalization proposal includes workplace protections

A bill that would legalize recreational cannabis in New Mexico includes workplace protections for employees that use pot while off the job. The bill by Albuquerque Democrats Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino and Rep. Javier Martinez is expected to be introduced in the legislature later this month, according to media reports.

Wed
05
Dec

Cannabis and communication course offered in spring 2019

The University of New Mexico’s Communication and Journalism Department will offer a Cannabis and Communication course for the 2019 spring semester. Cannabis and Communication, CJ 293, will give students the opportunity to learn about communication of health and medical issues surrounding cannabis.

The course will address cannabis with a multitude of communication topics such as interpersonal communication, political communication, journalism, and entertainment media. 

Tue
04
Sep

New Mexico producers seeing green on medical cannabis sales

Patients in New Mexico's Medical Cannabis Program spent more than $31 million on their medication in April, May and June of this year, according to second-quarter reports submitted by producers to the state Health Department.

While most nonprofit medical marijuana producers made profits, 12 of them — more than a third of the licensed producers in the state — reported being in the red when it comes to net profits for the quarter. Five of those reported losses of $100,000 or more. Shift New Mexico, which has one store each in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, reported the biggest net loss in the second quarter: $195,472.

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