Possible NM Changes For Medical Marijuana

New Mexico – The advisory board for New Mexico's medical marijuana law will consider adding two more health conditions to the list that qualify patients to use medical marijuana.

The state Department of Health's Medical Advisory Board plans a public hearing March 30 in Santa Fe to review petitions to add auto immune diseases and severe behavioral disturbances related to autism, traumatic brain injury mental retardation or dementia.

Sixteen conditions currently qualify for medical marijuana.

The eight physicians on the board will review and recommend whether the department should add those conditions.

They also will consider whether to recommend changing the requirements for medical marijuana eligiblity for severe chronic pain.

Currently patients must have proof such as X-rays and referrals from a primary care physician and a specialist in pain management.

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