By Associated Press
(AP) — New Mexico’s limit on the number of plants medical marijuana producers can grow as part of their licensed operations will expire Friday.
A district judge recently denied the state Department of Health’s request to extend the 450-plant limit while it updates its rules.
A judge struck down the per-producer limit in November, giving the department 120 days to study the issue and establish a new plant count that compiles with legislative mandates.
The judge ruled the limit was arbitrary and not based on reliable data. The ruling stemmed from a lawsuit that claimed the agency wasn’t meeting its obligations to ensure an adequate supply of medical marijuana.
Department spokesman David Morgan says the agency is “assessing next steps” regarding the plant count.
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