By Associated Press
New Mexico has begun issuing medical marijuana registry cards to people who live outside the state.
Two people in Texas and an Arizona resident have received cards to purchase medical marijuana in New Mexico after successfully suing to enroll.
Marissa Novel of medical cannabis producer and dispenser Ultra Health said that a card was delivered Friday to her company’s Arizona-based CEO.
Ultra Health CEO Duke Rodriguez served as co-plaintiff in the legal challenge of residency requirements and qualified for enrollment in New Mexico based on his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Reforms to New Mexico marijuana laws this year dropped the in-state residency requirement. The administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says that change was inadvertent and it intends to appeal.
Novel says it will be difficult to appeal the court order.
The state’s medical cannabis program had more than 77,000 participating patients as of Aug 31. Enrollment has increased 34% from a year ago.
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