Medical marijuana to be legal next week in N.M.

June 28, 2007

, Associated Press

New Mexicans with HIV-AIDS and certain other diseases will be able to apply for a new medical marijuana program as of July 1st.

That makes New Mexico the 12th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana use.

The Department of Health will take applications from patients whose doctors certify they’re eligible for the program.

Approved patients would receive temporary certificates allowing them to possess up to a three-month supply of marijuana.

The law allows marijuana for specified conditions including cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and HIV-AIDS and by some patients in hospice care.

New Mexico is the only state whose law calls for state-licensed production and distribution of the drug.

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