Ultra Health sues New Mexico over medical marijuana rules

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Ultra Health, the largest medical cannabis company in New Mexico, is suing the state over MMJ rules the firm deems too restrictive.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the lawsuit claims the state health department’s new rules create obstacles for reciprocity for MMJ patients in other states as well as tribal governments.

The lawsuit, filed Sept. 22, asserts the new rules:

  • Require a patient to have a government ID from the same jurisdiction that issued the cannabis card. The complaint says that’s not part of the law.
  • Require patients to show proof of ID from another state’s medical cannabis program. However, some states don’t give out such cards.

According to the lawsuit, “the Department of Health’s mandate … seeks to write words into the Medical Cannabis Act that are simply not there in order to create additional qualifications that patients must meet in order to gain reciprocal admission into the New Mexico medical cannabis program.”

Ultra Health and its CEO and president, Duke Rodriguez, have been successful in several other lawsuits the company has filed against the health department over other medical cannabis regulations.