First County Medical Marijuana Producer Approved
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First County Medical Marijuana Producer Approved
Posted by CN Staff on November 16, 2010 at 17:57:56 PT
By Ryan Boetel, The Daily Times
Source: Farmington Daily Times
Farmington, N.M. -- The New Mexico Department of Health approved the first San Juan County medical marijuana producer and distributor last week, despite federal regulations still prohibiting the practice.The producer will be able to start selling marijuana in three to six months. The producer's name and location will only be released to the active, local members of the state's medical cannabis program, said Chris Minnick, the health department's spokesman.
The San Juan County producer was approved along with five other marijuana producers, bringing the total number of state-sanctioned marijuana dispensaries to 17, Minnick said. Marijuana became legal in New Mexico for people with certain medical conditions in 2007. Medical marijuana is legal in 15 states and the District of Columbia.A nonprofit medical marijuana producer is allowed to grow and sell up to 95 plants of marijuana. The producers determine the price of the marijuana and are not allowed to offer discounts, according to state policy. Unlike some states, New Mexico medical marijuana producers cannot sell their crop from a public store."These aren't designed to be storefronts where people can just walk in and shop," Minnick said. "That's why we don't release the names and locations of the facilities, this is for a very specialized set of patients that we have within the state."There are 2,807 active patients in the New Mexico medical cannabis program, and 104 patients in San Juan County, according to the Department of Health's website. County government officials have not received information about the medical marijuana producer approved to grow and sell marijuana in San Juan County, County Executive Officer Keith Johns said. "We've inquired about it but we do not have any information about how it will impact us and what involvement we may or may not have," he said. The New Mexico medical cannabis program is continuing to evolve, Minnick said. There are some ambiguities in the law that are yet to be clarified, he said. For example, approved marijuana producers are not legally allowed to buy or sell marijuana seeds, which makes it impossible to start growing marijuana legally even if approved by the state. A Dec. 2 medical cannabis hearing in Santa Fe will address some of those issues, he said. According the health department, a doctor can recommend medical marijuana for people suffering from any of the following conditions:HIV/AIDS Cancer Epilepsy GlaucomaMultiple sclerosis Spinal cord injury with intractable spasticity Admittance into hospice care Painful peripheral neuropathy Intractable nausea Severe anorexia Hepatitis C Crohn's disease Post-traumatic stress disorder Lou Gehrig's Disease Chronic pain accompanied with two medical referralsSource: Farmington Daily Times (NM)Author: Ryan Boetel, The Daily TimesPublished: November 15, 2010Copyright: 2010 NorthWest New Mexico Publishing Co.Contact: rboetel daily-times.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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