New Mexico Will Begin Honoring Medical Cannabis Cards from Other States
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New Mexico Will Begin Honoring Medical Cannabis Cards from Other States

The reciprocity rule, recently signed by the state’s health secretary, will go into effect July 1.

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February 24, 2020

New Mexico will honor medical cannabis cards from other states starting July 1 under a reciprocity rule signed by Health Secretary Kathyleen Kunkel, according to a Las Cruces Sun News report.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a law Feb. 20 that reinstated a residency requirement for patients enrolled in New Mexico’s medical cannabis program, the news outlet reported.

S.B. 139 aimed to reverse a change in a state law that was enacted last year and that allowed qualifying non-residents to enroll in the program. The legislation passed the state legislature Feb. 18 when it earned approval from the New Mexico House.

At least 613 non-residents have enrolled in New Mexico’s medical cannabis program since the residency requirement was eliminated last year, Las Cruces Sun News reported. These patients will not be able to renew their New Mexico medical cannabis ID cards under the new law, but will be able to access medical cannabis in the state starting July 1 under the reciprocity rule using valid medical cannabis ID cards issued by their home states.