New Mexico medical marijuana producers' names to be released

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The names of state medical marijuana dispensaries and their employees will soon be made public, Gov. Susana Martinez announced.

The governor’s announcement came Wednesday, less than a week after a lawsuit was filed in an effort to strike down the regulation allowing the names of medical marijuana producers to be confidential.

The decision will only apply to producers and their employees, and not the nearly 16,000 patients certified in the state’s Medical Cannabis Program, the Albuquerque Journal reported ( ).

The Department of Health, which previously defended the confidentiality rule as necessary for the security of medical pot producers and patients, will now have to formally change the rule. It’s unclear how long that process would take.

“The governor has taken a close look at this issue over the past several weeks, and she does not believe this information should be confidential any longer,”...

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