New Mexico Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Week in Review: Canada’s tainted MMJ, tribal grow operation & DOJ policies

Bart Schaneman  | March 3, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey, Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer

The fallout continues over pesticide-contaminated medical marijuana in Canada, a giant MJ greenhouse is planned for tribal land, and Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department will enact “reasonable policies” on cannabis.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

States with the best chance to legalize cannabis in 2017?

John Schroyer  | January 25, 2017

By John Schroyer

After a landmark year in cannabis legalization, marijuana advocates have plenty of work left. And they’re not resting on their laurels.

The Marijuana Policy Project calculates a whopping 37 legalization bills for medical or recreational marijuana are likely to be introduced in 33 states and the District of Columbia in 2017.

New Mexico MMJ Producer, Caregiver Sue State

John Schroyer  | August 19, 2016

A licensed medical marijuana producer and a caregiver in New Mexico have sued the state over the mandated 450 plant limit, arguing it’s not enough to meet medical demand.

The lawsuit, filed in Santa Fe County Court by dispensary chain Ultra Health and caregiver Nichole Sena, argues the cap is causing direct harm …

New Mexico Lawyers Warned About Medical Marijuana Clients

Omar Sacirbey  | August 15, 2016

The New Mexico State Bar Association is cautioning local attorneys about representing medical marijuana cultivators and dispensaries, warning they could be violating state rules of professional conduct.

An opinion issued last week by the association’s Ethics Advisory Committee isn’t binding. But it could make some lawyers think twice about representing marijuana-touching businesses, according to the Santa …

Drive-thru cannabis dispensaries a no go in New Mexico

Omar Sacirbey  | August 12, 2016

The New Mexico Health Department has put the brakes on a proposed drive-thru medical cannabis dispensary aimed at serving people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The idea was proposed by David Romero White, president of Organtica, one of the newer medical marijuana producers in the state. He had planned to open the drive-thru …

New Mexico’s Medical Marijuana Industry Surges Ahead

Omar Sacirbey  | June 7, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey

New Mexico’s nearly decade-old medical marijuana market is sprinting ahead as if it had just opened, thanks to a 70% jump in new patients over the past year.

Sales via dispensaries hit nearly $10 million in the first quarter – almost double the total from the same period in 2015.