Law Requires N.M. to Grow Its Own Pot

Jun 30, 7:52 AM (ET)
By DEBORAH BAKER

ANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico has a new medical marijuana law with a twist: It requires the state to grow its own.

The law, effective Sunday, not only protects medical marijuana users from prosecution – as 11 other states do – but requires New Mexico to oversee a production and distribution system for the drug.

“The long-term goal is that the patients will have a safe, secure supply that doesn’t mean drug dealers, that doesn’t mean growing their own,” said Reena Szczepanski, director of Drug Policy Alliance New Mexico.

The state Department of Health must issue rules by Oct. 1 for the licensing of marijuana producers and in-state, secured facilities, and for developing a distribution system.

The law was passed in March and signed by Gov. Bill Richardson, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Other states with medical marijuana laws are Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Maryland’s law doesn’t protect patients from arrest, but it keeps defendants out of jail if they can convince judges they needed marijuana for medical reasons.

Dale Rogers displays different types of marijuana available at the Compassion in Action Patient Network, an organization that distributes medical marijuana to qualifying patients, Thursday, June, 28, 2007, in Seattle. Rogers has been diagnosed with AIDS about 20 years ago and he has been constantly using marijuana to relieve the pain and nausea from his medication and to help strenghen his immune system. This fall, Washington state public servants will convene a series of meetings to answer the question: how much marijuana constitutes a two-month supply? The meetings are part of a serious attempt to shore up Washington’s medical marijuana law, currently considered one of the weaker laws among 13 different states with medical marijuana protections. (AP Photo/Andrei Pungovschi)

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