New Mexico Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Chart: Despite product shortages, New Mexico medical marijuana program posts significant growth in 2018

(This story has been updated to clarify that the tabled bill would have allowed recommendations for cannabis, not prescriptions.) New Mexico’s medical marijuana program continues to grow at a blistering pace, even as supply shortages and high prices plagued the industry during 2018. The state added more than 19,000 patients in 2018 – a 41% […]

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Medical cannabis business sues New Mexico over $1.5M in tax payments

Ultra Health, a vertically integrated medical marijuana operator in New Mexico, is suing the state Taxation and Revenue Department to obtain a refund of more than $1.5 million in gross-receipts taxes the company says it shouldn’t be forced to pay because it provides medicine. According to Ultra Health’s suit, medical marijuana should be treated like […]

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Judge: NM State Fair infringed on medical cannabis firm’s free-speech rights

A federal judge ruled that the New Mexico State Fair violated the First Amendment rights of medical marijuana company Ultra Health in restricting its proposed educational booth for the 2017 event. Marissa Novel, Ultra Health’s communications manager, said the company was “elated” with the decision and has found that educating the public about medical marijuana is […]

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How the New Mexico medical cannabis market is priming for expansion in 2019

2019 is shaping up to be a good year for New Mexico’s medical marijuana market, with action favorable to the industry expected from judges, legislators and a newly elected pro-cannabis governor. Developments to watch include: A judge’s ruling in November will allow companies to grow more cannabis than the previous limit of 450 plants per business, […]

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Medical marijuana producer sues New Mexico over infused product rules

New Mexico’s largest medical cannabis producer is suing the state health department over regulations that govern edibles, salves, lotions and other products infused with marijuana. Bernalillo-based Ultra Health contends the agency doesn’t have the authority to license legal cannabis manufacturers, which take the raw material from producers and turn it into infused products. The manufacturer […]

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Week in Review: Judge tosses NM medical cannabis plant cap, Sessions fired & MA adult-use sales expected to start soon

A New Mexico judge strikes down the state’s cap on the number of plants medical marijuana producers can grow, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is fired, and a top cannabis regulator in Massachusetts says adult-use sales are expected to begin soon in the Bay State. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry […]

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Judge orders New Mexico regulators to approve two marijuana dispensaries

The New Mexico Department of Health has been ordered by a district court judge to approve two medical marijuana dispensaries owned by the state’s largest licensed nonprofit MMJ operator. New Mexico Top Organics-Ultra Health, which operates nine MMJ dispensaries statewide, already had built out the facilities in Los Lunas and Española. According to the Albuquerque […]

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Chart: Declines in wholesale prices hammer major recreational cannabis markets

Wholesale cannabis prices in recreational markets across the United States have fallen precipitously compared to last year, while prices in major medical markets are proving more resilient. According to figures provided by Cannabis Benchmarks, a Connecticut-based provider of wholesale marijuana pricing data, wholesale cannabis prices in Oregon and Washington state are down more than 50% […]

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New Mexico revokes license of medical cannabis company

A New Mexico medical marijuana producer with dispensaries in Las Cruces and Albuquerque is reportedly the first in the state to have its license revoked for allegedly falsifying audits to the health department. Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher last week rescinded the license of Mother Earth Herbs, effective March 31, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported Monday. Gallagher […]

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New Mexico agency to appeal judge’s reduced penalty for medical cannabis firm

A New Mexico district judge ruled in April that state health officials went too far when they punished a medical marijuana producer for showing off a cannabis plant at the 2016 State Fair, and now there’s a new twist involving the Court of Appeals. Top Organics Ultra Health owner, Duke Rodriguez, told the Albuquerque Journal this week that the […]

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