After two bills to legalize marijuana sales stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the New Mexico Senate turned its attention to medical marijuana on Tuesday. After initially rejecting an amendment that would have increased the maximum amount of marijuana available for medical use at a medical cannabis dispensary from three grams to two ounces, she voted to ban the issue to any resident of the state who does not have a "medical marijuana card."
The amendment was introduced by Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, who identified himself as a medical marijuana patient suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder caused by childhood rape.
He said the "rules issued by the ministry, which limit the amount of medical cannabis that can be bought to three grams a day, are arbitrary, arbitrary, and are not really based on doctors, medical science, or research". He said there was no scientific basis for the current limits, and he accused the New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Department of Health, which administers the program, of mismanagement, "there is a lot of information provided by the ministry and the ministry of health that is not true", he said. The current limit of three grams per day for medical marijuana is based on policy rules introduced a year ago, according to the Department of Health.
Candelaria said he couldn't get a card from California because he couldn't buy enough cannabis to meet his needs in New Mexico alone.