New Mexico Health Department, dispensary in legal battle


THE STATE FAIR… A REAL LIVE POT PLANT. THE STATE WANTS TO PUNISH THEM… BUT A JUDGE SAYS NOT SO FAST. NEWS 13’S AARON DRAWHORN HAS BOTH SIDES. THE BUSIEST TIME OF THE YEAR FOR A DISPENSARY IS AROUND APRIL 20. Reporter: “So, how significant is the 4-20 week to your business? Leonard: “Well, 420 is symbolic within the cannabis culture.” Pot NATS BUT THE STATE WANTS ULTRA HEALTH TO BE CLOSED DOWN FROM APRIL 17 TO APRIL 21 … ALL SEVEN LOCATIONS IN FIVE NEW MEXICO COUNTIES. “The financial impact to our organization would be anywhere from 180,000 to 200,000. Statewide. Statewide.” THAT SANCTION ALL GOES BACK TO THE STATE FAIR AND ULTRA HEALTH’S DISPLAY OF THIS POT PLANT. “Basically they claimed that having a single seedling at the state fair was a violation of our production plan.” BUT TODAY… A JUDGE GRANTED THE DISPENSARY A STAY — MEANING, FOR NOW, THE STATE CAN’T SHUT THE DISPENSARIES DOWN FOR FIVE DAYS. “It’s a real win for the patient because they can continue to have access to that medication.” BUT THE JUDGE ALSO WROTE THAT THE DISPENSARY’S DISPLAY “WAS AT THE VERY BEST MISGUIDED AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS RIGHTLY CONCERNED” … ADDING “THE SEEDLING SHOULD BE TREATED AS MEDICINE AND NOT AN ITEM FOR SHOW AND TELL.” NO ONE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COULD GO ON CAMERA… BUT IN A STATEMENT SAID IN PART… “We feel the five-day suspension and $100 fine is appropriate action for discipline based on the rules governing the medical cannabis program.” THE STATE NOTES IF THE PUNISHMENT IS UPHELD, ULTRA HEALTH PATIENTS WOULD HAVE OTHER CHOICES FOR THEIR MARIJUANA MEDICINE FROM LICENSED NON-PROFIT PRODUCERS. AARON DRAWHORN, KRQE NEWS 13. THIS STAY IS NOT A FINAL RULING… AND BOTH THE DISPENSARY AND THE STATE HAVE VOWED TO FIGHT IT OUT IN DISTRICT COURT. LAST YEAR, NEW MEXICO HAD MORE THAN 50 MILLION DOLLARS IN MEDICAL CANNABIS SALES.

8 thoughts on “New Mexico Health Department, dispensary in legal battle

  1. Compare penalties levied against liqueur stores and manufacturing. Alcohol KILLS KIDS in New Mexico but do they damn near ruin an entire chain for a perceived first offense of a single store selling to a 16 year old? How about shutting down entire chains of tobacco retailers because the CEO might or might not have violated a production law?
    Micro brewers, do they recieve the same level of colonoscopy on a regular basis?

  2. Imagine how much money NM would make.. look at Colorado they have so much money they don't know what to do with it

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