Extension of Public Comment Period on Medical Marijuana Regulations by New Mexico

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Extension of Public Comment Period on Medical Marijuana Regulations by New Mexico

November/25/2019

According to an Albuquerque Journal report, the Department of Health in New Mexico has extended the public comment period into January after the November 22 hearing on legislators proposed changed to the medical cannabis were delayed were delayed by the winter weather.

Albuquerque Journal further reported that the proposed regulations on medical marijuana whose goal was to increase health protection and patient access requires marijuana products to be tested for heavy metal, pesticides, purity, and potency. The regulation would allow dispensaries to allocate a place where people can use medical marijuana. The proposed rules also recommended new packaging to be used to enable consumers to distinguish marijuana products from non-infused food.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, the proposed regulations also focus on the vaping crisis and recommends the prohibition of certain additives in the vaping equipment.

The news outlets further reported that the Department of Health has extended the public comment to January.

In September, the judge ruled that the state of New Mexico must allow qualified residents into the medical marijuana program following the changes in rules earlier in 2019. This has led to a rapid increase in the enrollment of out-of-state residents.

New Mexico is also considering the legalization of recreational marijuana. A governor-appointed workgroup consisting of 22 policy leaders hailing from across New Mexico finished drafting its proposal on the recreational marijuana program and handed it to the state officials last month.

The next Legislative Session in New Mexico starts in January.

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