Hearing set for proposed medical marijuana changes

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposed revision of the state's medical marijuana program is drawing opposition from advocates who say new fees and other changes would make it harder for New Mexicans to obtain the marijuana they need for conditions ranging from cancer to chronic pain.

The Health Department has scheduled a hearing Monday for public comments on changes it's considering.

The Drug Policy Alliance objects to a proposal that individuals in the program pay a yearly $50 fee or $25 if they are eligible for Medicaid.

The state proposes to reduce the number of plants that individuals can have for growing marijuana, but triple the plants allowed for nonprofit producers that supply most of the 11,000 New Mexicans in the program.

The department has no deadline for a final decision on proposed changes.

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