New Medical Marijuana Producers Chosen, List Includes Dona Ana County

Las Cruces – The New Mexico Department of Health has approved six more medical marijuana producers.

That makes 11 nonprofits licensed by the state to provide the drug. The first producer was approved in March 2009.

Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil says the additional producers will help meet the needs of patients by making medical marijuana more accessible in all regions of the state.

The six new producers are located in Harding, Dona Ana, Lea, Catron, Cibola and Bernalillo counties. There were already producers in Bernalillo, Santa Fe and Cibola counties.

The Health Department says New Mexico has more than 1,900 medical marijuana patients. Nearly half of them are licensed to produce their own supply of marijuana.

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