New Mexico revokes license of medical cannabis company

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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Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher last week rescinded the license of Mother Earth Herbs, effective March 31, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported Monday.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 also permanently banned the cultivation company’s president and executive director, Vivian Moore, from working in any capacity for a medical cannabis licensee.

Moore denied falsifying the audits and wrote in an email to the Santa Fe New Mexican: “We will continue to fight the false allegations made against me and Mother Earth Herbs Inc. through the courts.”

Mother Earth Herbs and Moore can challenge Gallagher’s actions in state District Court.

New Mexico has about three dozen licensed medical cannabis cultivators, according to the Marijuana Business Factbook 2018, and had 58,211 active patients as of July, according to the health department.

Mother Earth Herbs had been operating since 2010, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports.

– Associated Press and Marijuana Business Daily