New Mexico sees increase in medical marijuana patients

Medical Marijuana

SANTA FE (AP) – New Mexico Health Secretary Retta Ward says New Mexico has seen a significant jump in the number of patients participating in the state’s medical marijuana program over the past year.

Ward testified Tuesday before the Legislative Finance Committee in Santa Fe. She told lawmakers about 18,000 people are enrolled in the program, an increase of about 7,000 since the beginning of the year.

Ward attributed the increase to changes made earlier this year.

There are currently more than 20 qualifying conditions, including chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The state has been petitioned to add attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to the list. That petition will be discussed during a public meeting later this week.

The state also is in the process of licensing a dozen more nonprofit producers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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