ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The New Mexico Department of Health says the names of licensed medical marijuana producers in the state will become public under new rules taking effect next week.
The confidentiality surrounding producers was challenged last year in a lawsuit filed by freelance journalist Peter St. Cyr and the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government.
They argued the Health Department was violating public records law by keeping producers’ names secret.
The agency had previously defended the confidentiality rules as necessary for the security of producers and patients, but Gov. Susana Martinez in July ordered officials to revisit the regulations.
The changes apply only to producers and producer applicants, not the more than 21,000 patients certified in the state Medical Cannabis Program.
The agency plans to publish the new rules in the state register next Monday.