New Mexico Vetting 12 Cannabis Producers

Health officials have selected 12 applicants to become licensed nonprofit producers for New Mexico’s medical cannabis program, subject to site visits showing they comply with state regulations.

If all 12 receive licenses, it would increase the total number of licensed medical pot producers to 35, the New Mexico Department of Health said Monday.

No licensed producers have been added to current list of 23 since 2010.

The agency did not identify the 12 selected applicants, despite a directive announced in July by Gov. Susana Martinez that the names of medical marijuana producers and their employees be made public.

Health department officials said the directive requires regulatory changes now in the works.

“Consistent with Governor Martinez’s direction for more transparency in the Medical Cannabis Program, the Department of Health is working on a rule change so that (licensed nonprofit producer) information is public,” agency spokesman Kenny Vigil said in a written...

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