New Mexico


Man sues Border Patrol over right to carry medical marijuana

LAS CRUCES - A Deming man is suing the U.S. Border Patrol, alleging agents are failing to adhere to a new rule that allow him to carry medical marijuana without risking federal charges.

Raymundo Marrufo, who participates in New Mexico's medical marijuana program, filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court seeking an injunction against the U.S. Border Patrol in connection with questions the agency poses to travelers at border checkpoints.


New Mexican Caught in a 'Catch-420'

The Border Patrol forces a medical marijuana patient to break a law every time he passes a checkpoint, the man claims in Federal Court.

The only choice he has, Raymundo Marrufo says, is whether to violate a state law or a federal one.

Marrufo suffers from PTSD and has been prescribed medical marijuana under the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act, New Mexico's medical marijuana program. To get his medicine, Marrufo must drive past a permanent Border Patrol checkpoint. There, a Border Patrolman asks him: "Do you have any illegal drugs?"


Board considers medical marijuana for ADHD patients

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —The New Mexico medical cannabis advisory board will meet Friday in Santa Fe to consider adding ADHD to list of aliments approved for medical marijuana use.

Medical marijuana is approved to treat several diseases in New Mexico. The advisory board meets only twice a year.

People with ADHD, a brain disease, lack the receptors that give them the ability to concentrate. Without those receptors, they struggle to focus.

KOAT medical expert Dr. Barry Ramo said he can see why some might think medical marijuana could help, but the solution might not be that simple.


Group pushes for medical cannabis legalization at Mason City forum

MASON CITY | An advocacy organization presented its case Wednesday night for what it says are potential benefits for legalization of medical cannabis.

Dr. Steven Jenison, the former head of the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program, spoke to about 25 people at the Mason City Public Library on Wednesday evening.

Iowans 4 Medical Cannabis organized the forum, one of three it is holding around the state this week.

Some who attended spoke of a years-long struggle to help their children through painful and chronic medical problems with what they considered potentially harmful medications.

"We have seen her suffer and suffer," said Jacqueline Loats, 46, who spoke of her now college-age daughter who has battled Crohn's disease since childhood.


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.


Qualifying Conditions For Cannabis By State


Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Alaska include:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
  • Nausea
  • Muscle spasms
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pain
  • Seizures

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Alaska’s application for medical marijuana registry



Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Arizona include:


New Mexico: Push to decriminalize marijuana faces uphill battle

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —A push to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in Albuquerque does not appear to have much of a chance of becoming law.

The City Council passed the measure Monday night 5-4 along party lines with Democrats in favor of it, but not before generating a bit of debate between both sides.

"You knew it was illegal, you smoked it, you were caught, you pay the penalty," said Republican City Council member Trudy Jones.

Democratic City Council member Rey Garduno argued an officer would have the flexibility to make sure it's a decriminalized penalty rather than an incarceration.


Albuquerque greenhouse for medical pot cultivation gets OK

The Torrance County Commission has given a green light to a pot-growing greenhouse near Abo.

Commissioners voted 2-1 in favor of upholding Planning and Zoning Director Steve Guetschow’s interpretation of the current zoning ordinance in reference to a decision that allowed a legal medical marijuana greenhouse operation on the Loma Parda subdivision near Abo.

The negative vote came from Commissioner Julia DuCharme, who said it appeared the operation is a commercial use and the zoning states that commercial uses are not allowed except on a case-by-case basis.


Medical marijuana rules vary widely state to state

After waiting in line for hours at a booth during a medical marijuana convention in San Francisco, Jeff Harrington needed only a two-minute consultation and a written recommendation to become a medical marijuana patient in California. He now can legally purchase and possess marijuana from any one of thousands of marijuana businesses in the state.

Across the country in Connecticut, an established physician-patient relationship is required before patients are deemed qualified for medical marijuana, and only licensed pharmacists can own and operate dispensaries.


Marijuana dispensaries find legalization still leaves them vulnerable

Caught in the crossfire between state and federal law, dispensary owners in states that have legalized medical cannabis are finding their businesses raided and their products seized

ast month, emergency services were called to an explosion at New MexiCann Natural, a licensed medical marijuana dispensary in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Two employees were injured while making edible cannabis products: Aaron Smith, 28, and Nick Montoya, 29. They were airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital’s Level 1 Trauma Center with third-degree burns from a presumed butane reaction.


Subscribe to RSS - New Mexico