NM Medical Cannabis Law Will Continue For Now; Gov. Opposes


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N.M. Gov. Susana Martinez opposes safe access for patients, and wants to repeal her state’s medical marijuana law.

‚ÄčNew Mexico’s medical marijuana program will continue for now, although the state’s new Republican governor has made it clear she dos not support the law, which allows people with certain medical conditions to use cannabis.

Gov. Susana Martinez said during her campaign that the state’s medical marijuana law puts state employees in the position of violating federal law and she’d like it repealed, reports the Associated Press.
But she also said New Mexico had pressing budget issues, so repeal is “not a priority” in the 2011 legislative session.

The program “continues to function according to current state law,” said Martinez’s nominee for health secretary. Dr. Catherine Torres.
The medical marijuana law’s sponsor, Democratic Sen. Gerry Ortiz y Pino of Albuquerque, said he hopes the new administration won’t push for its repeal in the future, either.