SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – The New Mexico Department of Health has approved four more medical marijuana producers. That makes five nonprofits licensed by the state to provide the drug.
The first producer was approved in March. The health department estimates that each producer will be able to supply marijuana to about 100 patients.
The agency says there are 755 New Mexicans currently eligible to use medical marijuana, and 204 of them are licensed to produce their own supply.
The medical marijuana program began in 2007. Physicians must certify that a patient has one of 15 qualifying conditions and can’t be helped by standard treatments. State regulations require the names and locations of producers to be kept confidential.
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