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N.M. Medical Cannabis Program Sees Record Patient Growth Patient enrollment continues exponential growth; plants and revenues lag behind Albuquerque, NM, July 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The New Mexico Medical […]

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Albuquerque, NM, July 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program’s patient enrollment has seen its fastest growth yet, climbing by 15,357 patients or 53 percent in the first six months alone of 2017. The 44,403 current program enrollment is on track to increase by an annualized rate of 103 percent, to nearly 60,000 patients by December 31, 2017.

SIX MONTH & SECOND QUARTER REVENUE BREAKDOWN

Total cannabis industry revenues reached nearly $40.3 million for the first six months, increasing by 84 percent over the same period in 2016.

For the second consecutive year, Ultra Health leads all providers with $2.4 million in sales in the second quarter alone and $4.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017. For the first time, two providers hit the $2 million milestone in a single quarter, while five other providers each passed the $1 million mark in the second quarter.

Ultra Health continues to lead all percentage gainers, with sales from the first six months of 2017 increasing by 130 percent over the same period in 2016. Only two licensed producers saw negative growth during the period.

The Medical Cannabis Program total revenues are projected to top $89 million by the end of the year, an increase of 77 percent over total revenues in 2016.

“While the upcoming revenue milestone is exciting, the program would have the potential to easily surpass $100 million in annual revenues if the New Mexico Department of Health would simply allow producers to fulfill their patient commitment and provide an adequate supply of medicine,” said Duke Rodriguez, CEO and President of Ultra Health ®.

AVAILABLE MEDICINE & ADEQUATE SUPPLY

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) imposed a 450 plant cap without the approval of the state’s Legislature, and the cap has resulted in historical shortages and market inefficiencies. For example, the industry’s top ten producers are limited to one-third of all plants available while still providing medicine for nearly two-thirds of all patients.

Based upon the product in inventory reported by the 35 licensed producers as of June 30, 2017, the program is currently operating on less than a two week supply of medicine for patients. The current statute guarantees patients can access “the uninterrupted availability of cannabis for a period of three months…”

“The 450 plant cap imposed by NMDOH is unlawful, and the department’s insistence on limiting the number of locations a provider can operate based on that cap has resulted in ongoing shortages of the availability and access to medicine across the state, particularly in our rural communities,” Rodriguez said.

The number of available plants per patient in New Mexico has dropped a drastic 40 percent over the last year. Regionally, producers in states such as Arizona and Nevada are allowed to cultivate plants without production limits. Concurrently, producers in Colorado’s medical cannabis program are limited to six plants per patient or nearly 20 times the amount allowed for a comparable New Mexico patient.

The current plant cap for producers in New Mexico is resulting in each patient being allowed the equivalent of one-third (1⁄3) a single plant per patient. By contrast, NMDOH does allow 16 plants for each of the 6,113 registered Personal Producer License (PPL) holders, yet NMDOH has failed to create any regulations to allow medicine produced by PPL holders to be securely tracked, tested for safety or allowed for transfer to other licensed producers or patients.

The Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act does not mandate NMDOH to set a plant cap restriction. NMDOH adopted the arbitrary 450 plant cap citing concerns about federal intervention, which has never occurred against a legally licensed cannabis operator in New Mexico or any other state. NMDOH also cited concerns about possible diversion of product to the black market.

Ultra Health filed a lawsuit last year challenging the plant restriction and demanding instead an adequate supply for patients as guaranteed by statute. A non-jury trial date has been set to begin at 9:00 a.m. on August 14, 2017 before Santa Fe District Judge David K. Thomson.

Effective August 1, 2017, the 35 medical cannabis providers in New Mexico altogether are expected to relicense substantially the same amount of plants for the 2017-2018 period as the previous year, while patient enrollment in the program is anticipated to be up by 70 percent for the same period.

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CONTACT: Marissa Novel
Ultra Health
480-404-6699
[email protected]

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The Trump administration is readying for a crackdown on marijuana users under Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

President Trump’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, led by Sessions, is expected to release a report next week that criminal justice reform advocates fear will link marijuana to violent crime and recommend tougher sentences for those caught growing, selling and smoking the plant.

Sessions sent a memo in April updating the U.S. Attorney’s Offices and Department of Justice Department (DOJ) component heads on the work of the task force, which he said would be accomplished through various subcommittees. In the memo, Sessions said he has asked for initial recommendations no later than July 27.

“Task Force subcommittees will also undertake a review of existing policies in the areas of charging, sentencing, and marijuana to ensure consistency with the Department’s overall strategy on reducing violent crime and with Administration goals and priorities,” he wrote.

Criminal justice reform advocates fear Sessions’s memo signals stricter enforcement is ahead.

“The task force revolves around reducing violent crime and Sessions and other DOJ officials have been out there over the last month and explicitly the last couple of weeks talking about how immigration and marijuana increases violent crime,” said Inimai Chettiar, director of the Brennan Center’s Justice Program. [Read more at The Hill]

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