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Why are medical marijuana patients in New Mexico struggling to find product?

Apr 13, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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“If they’re supposed to be holding some back for patients, they should be holding some back for every single thing they have per patient.”

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Since New Mexico launched its adult-use marijuana market on Apr. 1, dispensaries in the state have made a lot of money, bringing in about US$8 million in revenue.

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“They’re telling us we should keep our cards even though it’s recreational. For what reason? What are we getting? What perks are we getting? We don’t get to get in line in front of anybody, we don’t get to pay less prices, we don’t get better weed. No, we get nothing,” she said.

The patient explained that for medicinal purposes, she can only use Indica strains, but claims that dispensaries were out of the option, having sold it to recreational users.

“If they’re supposed to be holding some back for patients, they should be holding some back for every single thing they have per patient,” she argued.

While there are medical-only dispensaries, these locations are few and far between and could potentially disappear in time because of the profitability of recreational weed.

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Some dispensaries have worked around this issue by separating medical from recreational products. “We wanted to, you know, take into account that there might be a frustration level with our loyal patients who didn’t want to contend with long lines, because they knew what they wanted,” reported Ellie Besancon, executive director of Green Goods dispensaries.

Dispensaries are always supposed to have products for medical patients, but April so far has proved to be an awakening for most of these businesses, providing them with an unprecedented influx of consumers.

The kinks will likely resolve with time, but it’s important for the state to make rules to speed the process and provide support to the customers who need it most.

The FreshToast.com, a U.S. lifestyle site that contributes lifestyle content and, with their partnership with 600,000 physicians via Skipta, medical marijuana information to The GrowthOp.

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