Delay urged on medical marijuana program changes

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state hearing officer says New Mexico should delay making changes to its medical marijuana program.

The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/1nPyei5 ) reports that hearing officer Susan Hapka recommends that current rules remain unchanged until an advisory board makes its own recommendations and another public hearing is held.

Hapka reviewed numerous written comments and listened to comments from 140 people during a July hearing on the Department of Health proposals.

Those proposals include expanding testing of medical marijuana, increasing fees for patients and producers and reducing how many plants patients may grow.

The department has said it has decided against reducing the number of plants that patients can grow, and spokesman Kenny Vigil says final decisions won't be made on other proposed changes before the advisory board meets Aug. 25.

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