A number one politician has outlined why non-residents needs to be permitted to entry New Mexico’s medicinal marijuana program in a strongly worded letter to its director.
Democratic Rep. Brian Egolf is the Speaker of the Home in New Mexico and he additionally serves as an legal professional for medical cannabis producer Extremely Well being. He claims a simple studying of state legislation exhibits that the state’s program ought to cater to People that don’t dwell there.
Final week the Division of Public well being insisted that solely New Mexico residents can enrol within the state’s Medical Hashish Program. That didn’t go down properly at Extremely Well being, which has beforehand invested in radio promoting within the south-eastern a part of the state to promote to residents of west Texas.
An replace to New Mexico’s medicinal cannabis legislation has changed the time period “resident of New Mexico” with merely “particular person” beneath the definition of who qualifies for this system. But the Division of Well being doesn’t learn this as allowing out of state sufferers to entry cannabis within the Land of Enchantment.
Now Egolf has written a 12-page letter to the medical cannabis program supervisor on the New Mexico Division of Well being, Kenny Vigil, to deal with the eligibility of non-residents to realize medical marijuana playing cards.
He reminded Vigil that different states which have legalized medicinal cannabis enable gross sales to non-residents, together with California, Colorado, and Nevada. He identified that many individuals crossed the border into Oregon from Washington State to purchase cannabis earlier than it was legalized there. It nonetheless receives guests from Idaho who wish to purchase marijuana.
Egolf stated state legislation prevents anybody from taking cannabis out of New Mexico, so consumption would happen inside state strains. He has just lately gained two instances in opposition to the Division of Well being by arguing it overstepped its authority in defiance of state legislation, and stated state courtroom can be more likely to rule in opposition to it once more on this occasion.
“Our shopper needs to resolve this matter amicably and expeditiously,” Egolf added. “Our shopper doesn’t want to search the help of the courts to resolve a matter that it believes is straightforward and easy.”