Health dept. ups cannabis plant count to 2,500

By Cody Hooks
chooks@taosnews.com
Posted 3/7/19

The New Mexico Department of Health issued an emergency rule on Friday (March 1) that lets medical cannabis producers grow up to 2,500 plants.

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Health dept. ups cannabis plant count to 2,500

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The New Mexico Department of Health issued an emergency rule on Friday (March 1) that lets medical cannabis producers grow up to 2,500 plants.

The rule was a response to a district court decision from November that invalidated the state's limit of 450 plants for each of the state's 35 licensed nonprofit producers.

The judge ruled the 450-plant limit was "not based on fact or reliable data." The limit became invalidated Friday.

Had the health department not issued the emergency rule, cannabis producers such as Southwest Wellness, which grows cannabis in Taos, and New MexiCann Natural Medicine, which has a dispensary in Taos, would have been able to grow an unlimited number of plants.

"The removal of all limits on cannabis production is likely to attract greater scrutiny from federal law enforcement and would jeopardize the continued operations of the [cannabis] program," read the letter from health department secretary Kathyleen Kunkel.

The new plant limit will expire in six months if a new, permanent rule is not enacted.

And the new plant count is not an immediate remedy to the short supply. The health department cited an Albuquerque cannabis producer who said it would take four months to grow new plants and bring bud and products to market.

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