By Susan Montoya Bryan & Morgan Lee Associated Press
(AP) — A push to legalize marijuana in New Mexico went up in smoke in 2020 but advocates for recreational marijuana, including Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, vowed to make it happen in 2021.
However, in 2020, the state’s cannabis advisory board recommended an increased purchasing limit for the state’s medical cannabis patients and urged regulators to throw out the state’s plant count limit for licensed marijuana producers.
The board also recommended adding more qualifying conditions, including anxiety and some substance abuse disorders.
Enrollment in the program reached a high of more than 100,000 people. In comparison, Arizona’s medical marijuana program has approximately 300,000 patients. It is unknown if patient enrollment will continue to increase when Arizona dispensaries begin selling recreational marijuana to adults 21 and older, which will likely happen in March 2021.
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