Pubdate: Tue, 01 Mar 2016
Source: Albuquerque Journal (NM)
Copyright: 2016 Albuquerque Journal
Author: Olivier Uyttebrouck


Department of Health Regulations Kept Names Confidential Since 2007

The names of New Mexico nonprofits licensed to grow and sell medical 
marijuana were posted Monday on the state Department of Health website.

The disclosure marks the first time the names of licensed nonprofit 
producers have been revealed publicly since lawmakers approved the 
medical cannabis program in 2007.

The website lists the names and addresses of 23 nonprofit producers 
licensed several years ago by the Department of Health. It also lists 
the names of 12 nonprofits approved for licensure last year, many of 
which do not yet operate dispensaries.

Until Monday, the identities of medical pot producers had remained 
confidential under Department of Health regulations.

The confidentiality rule was challenged last year in a lawsuit filed 
by freelance journalist Peter St. Cyr and the New Mexico Foundation 
for Open Government. In June, Gov. Susana Martinez ordered the agency 
to make the information public.

Some nonprofits operate in multiple locations. Nonprofits listed by city are:

Albuquerque: Cannaceutics Inc.; CG Corrigan; Grass Roots Rx; HES: 
Healthy Education Society; High Desert Relief; MedZen Services Inc. 
(two locations); Sandia Botanicals Inc.; Minerva Canna Group Inc.; 
Natural RX; New Mexico Top Organics; R. Greenleaf Organics Inc. (two 
locations); SWOP: Southwest Organic Producers; The Verdes Foundation.

Bernalillo: New Mexico Top Organics. Clovis: Budding Hope. Espanola: 
New Mexicann Natural Medicine.

Farmington: New Mexico Alternative Care.

Gallup: Red Barn Growers. Grants: G&G Genetics. Hobbs: New Mexico Top Organics.

Las Cruces: Mother Earth Herbs Inc.; MJ Express-O.

Las Vegas: New Mexicann Natural Medicine.

Los Lunas: Natural RX Inc.; Minerva Canna Group Inc.

Placitas: C.G. Corrigan Inc.

Roswell: Compassionate Distributors. Roy: Budding Hope. Ruidoso: 
Compassionate Distributors Inc.

Santa Fe: Fruit of the Earth Organics; Sacred Garden; New Mexico Top 
Organics; New MexiCann Natural Medicine.

Taos: New Mexicann Natural Medicine.

An additional 12 licensed nonprofits were selected for licensure in 
2015 and have started production but have not yet opened dispensaries.

They are: Giving Tree; Harvest Foundation; Keyway Inc.; Kure Inc; 
Organtica; Pecos Valley Pharm; PurLife; Seven Clover; Seven Point 
Farms; Southwest Wellness; Urban Wellness; and Verde Care.
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