Business Briefs

Compiled by Doug Cantwell
dcantwell@taosnews.com
Posted 10/3/19

Albertsons Market celebrates remodel Albertsons Market will hold a "grand reopening" on Saturday, (Oct. 19) starting at 11 a.m., to celebrate its storewide remodel at 710 Paseo del Pueblo Sur."We'll …

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Albertsons Market celebrates remodel

Albertsons Market will hold a "grand reopening" on Saturday, (Oct. 19) starting at 11 a.m., to celebrate its storewide remodel at 710 Paseo del Pueblo Sur.

"We'll have a Jumpy for the kids out front and will be roasting corn on the cob and ribeye steaks," said store manager Isaiah Garcia. "The Taos Police Department will be here as well doing a fingerprinting demo for kids and the Taos Fire Department will do our flag-raising ceremony."

Mayor Dan Barrone will be on hand to dedicate the new store and talk about Albertson's community involvement initiatives. The in-store Starbuck's will also offer a special two-for-one promotion.

Three New Mexico cannabis producers file suit

Three medical cannabis producers filed a ​lawsuit​ against the New Mexico Department of Health on Thursday (Sept. 26) over its newly enacted plant count regulation. The department promulgated the new plant cap - a maximum of 1,750 plants each for 34 producers - earlier this year after a court order struck down the former limit of 450 plants per producer, which was found to be arbitrary, capricious and at odds with the intent of the ​Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act​. The court order required DOH to create a plant count regulation that complies with the definition of "adequate supply."

"While it may be true that DOH was delegated the authority to regulate the system of distribution of medical marijuana in this state, it may not create its own arbitrary production number that does not have reasonable nexus in law or fact to adequate supply for patients in the program," Santa Fe District Court Judge David K. Thomson said in his opinion.

"The department also failed to promulgate a plant cap regulation that provides for an adequate supply in light of the changes made to the medical cannabis legislation that was signed into law in April," said Ultra Health, one of the three plaintiffs, in a press release. "Changes to the law that will require more plant material for patients include nonresident participation in the program; reciprocity; elimination of the 70 percent potency cap on concentrates; telemedicine; and the extension to three-year cards."

"Under the 1,750 cap," Ultra Health argued, "New Mexico has the strictest cannabis production regulations of any other state with legalized medical cannabis. Neighboring states such as Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Oklahoma do not limit the number of plants a producer may cultivate for medical patients."

Since the initial plant count lawsuit was filed in August 2016, according to Ultra Health, enrollment in New Mexico's medical cannabis program has nearly tripled, growing from ​26,658​ patients to ​77,144 patients, as of August 31 of this year. Under a recent ​ruling​ that allows nonresidents to receive three-year patient registry cards, enrollment is expected to increase during the next years to anywhere from 100,000 to 150,000 cardholders.

The program currently has a robust distribution network of ​100 stores statewide​, according to Ultra Health, yet the available medicine at each dispensary location is more limited now than when the plant count lawsuit was originally filed.

Offer your feedback on Taos Ski Valley's Master Development Plan

Taos Ski Valley will soon be creating a new Master Development Plan with the U.S. Forest Service. This is your opportunity to provide input on future plans for the ski resort at a wide-ranging roundtable discussion. There will be at least three of these public forums, the first of which will take place 4-6 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 5) at the Río Hondo Learning Center (formerly the Children's Center), in Río Hondo.

In accordance with the Forest Service, Taos Ski Valley must prepare and maintain a master plan that encompasses the entire resort as presently envisioned for development in connection with Forest Service lands authorized by its permit. Upon acceptance by the Forest Service, the Master Development Plan will become part of the permit.

Taos Ski Valley and the Forest Service will provide an overview of projects that have been completed from the 2010 plan as well as a list of projects that the ski valley still plans to complete. Discussion of procedures for the next development plan will follow, focusing exclusively on plans that pertain to Taos Ski Valley's permitted land.

Following this presentation, your feedback will come into play. Roundtable discussions will allow participants to provide their input on the ski valley's future plans.

If you would like to participate on Oct. 5, RSVP to anee.ward@skitaos.com.

New massage therapist offers a range of techniques

David Bigden, a licensed massage therapist who has recently returned to Taos, has opened an office at 623 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, suite A.

Bigden said he focuses primarily on deep tissue massage, combining it with neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, trigger-point and other soft tissue techniques he's learned in his 13-plus years as a massage therapist and 25 years as a chiropractor.

Contact Bigden's office at (575) 741-5025.

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