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Indicators: April 7

Green Bucks

April 7, 2010, 12:00 am

1,459 patients have enrolled in New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program since July 2007

584 is the total number of ounces of medical cannabis produced since July 2007 

This chart shows the sales of medical cannabis by price for the state’s main producer.

As the numbers above show, New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program is up and running when it comes to enrollment. But enrollment doesn’t mean much if patients can’t get marijuana.

“There is absolutely zero product available,” Larry Love, a registered patient who runs, tells SFR. Love says it’s been that way on and off since last August, when the program’s first licensed producer, the Santa Fe Institute for Natural Medicine, ran out of product.

Of the four additional producers approved last fall, DOH numbers show three have total outputs ranging from 20 to 45 ounces, and one has yet to produce any.

Love says he uses approximately a quarter of an ounce per month (“I’m not a heavy user,” he says. “There’s plenty of people using more.”) At that rate, the second-highest producer could only have accommodated 180 patients a month.

But for the producers, this could be a good gig since demand far outweighs supply. And according to DOH data, most producers’ sales range from $300-$400 an ounce. On the street in Santa Fe, a source tells SFR, that’s the high end: $400 an ounce will get you “the good stuff,” whereas “schwag” sells for as low as $50 an ounce.

“It’s actually less expensive to go out on the street and buy the medicine,” Love agrees. But while the quality of black-market marijuana can vary, Love says he’s been impressed by the quality of New Mexico’s medical cannabis. When you can get it.

According to DOH Harm Reduction Program Manager Dominick Zurlo, 40 producers are awaiting approval, but the understaffed program is too swamped with applications to fast-track them.

“The governor, who championed this program, needs to kick [Health Secretary Alfredo] Vigil in the ass and get him going,” Love says.

Roll that up and smoke it.


04.20.2010 at 12:01 | Reply |

I agree with Love.


My son was diagnosed as bi-polar etc... One of his Dr. considered medical pot however the southeastern part of the state of NM are discouraged from prescribing this medication.  also had sever migraines along with other physical and mental issues..The dr.s gave him everything BUT what he really needed.  Pills upon pills and more pills.. Finally after being a medical fruit salad for 14 yrs My son passed away at the age of 27 in his sleep, he had taken his meds and apparently took one too many. SO please get on the ball and stop this from happening over and over again..I could not afford to buy on the street what my son should have been given as opposed to PILLS!!! Pill pushers are worst than drug dealers, they make you dependent on them..I know I am disabled and know how the system works....They will give you a pill then another pill for the side effects from the first pill..You can get pain medication by the handful but the government won't let you have RX cough can get Viagra but not pot?  Something is WRONG with the whole dang system.  FIX IT or get off the POT.


05.08.2010 at 06:54 | Reply |
Sadly, the New Mexico mmj program is not only failing to serve its patients, but it is exporting its stupidity (and passive aggressiveness) to other jurisdictions. Last week, the District of Columbia announced its mmj regulations, which (thanks to NM) include a 95 plant limit per dispensary. That means that, at most, 30-60 DC residents will be served by the five dispensaries to be allowed there. That is 6-12 patients per dispensary. What a sick (and sad) joke. As much as I supported the original intent of the NM mmj program, it has failed miserably to serve sick and dying New Mexicans, it has replicated the obscene pricing (if not the ease of procurement) of the illicit market and it has exported green chile-strength dumb-assedness to other jurisdictions. Way to go, New Mexico!! Would someone wake Governor Richardson up and tell him to (once again) kick ass and take names in the NMDOH. Otherwise, your state will continue to do more harm than good to your own residents and to the medical marijuana movement


06.17.2010 at 12:23 | Reply |

well most people don't want to go thorugh the trouble of producing their own wich i think is a bad idea. I thought these new mexico dispensiaies weren't supposed to profit whatsoever only charge for transportation costs. It doesn't cost 300 to 400 to transport marijuana within your state that's ridiculous.