New Mexico Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

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. 

Week in Review: Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania, OSHA Fines + Obstacles in Two States

John Schroyer  | March 18, 2016

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

Pennsylvania moves closer to legalizing medical cannabis, a New Mexico MMJ business gets hit with a five-figure fine, and crackdowns in two states highlight the dangers of operating in unregulated markets.

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

OSHA Fines New Mexico Dispensary After Explosion

John Schroyer  | March 17, 2016

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a New Mexico medical cannabis company $13,500 for a dozen violations after the agency completed an eight-month investigation into a hash oil explosion that seriously burned two employees.

The powerful explosion (see video of it in the link above) occurred at New MexiCann Natural Medicine in …

New Mexico’s Medical Marijuana Patient Numbers Booming

Omar Sacirbey  | March 3, 2016

There are roughly 21,000 people enrolled in New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program, nearly double the number since 2013, according to the state’s Health Department, KOAT news reported.

That means a lot – if not all – of the MMJ licensees in New Mexico have likely been doing quite well, with a booming customer …