NM health provider at center of push to change federal pot policy

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A New Mexico health provider and cannabis advocate is at the forefront of the possible massive change to how marijuana is treated in the United States.

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Recreational marijuana measure dies in New Mexico Senate

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New Mexico won’t follow the lead of Colorado and other Western states that have legalized marijuana as a recreational drug, at least not this year.

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Cannabis producers say new mold and bacteria testing rules are too stringent and ask court to halt implementation

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A group of New Mexico medical cannabis producers are pushing back against the state’s strict new testing requirements they say will force them to discard up to a quarter of their medication.

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New Mexico Court Holds Employers Need Not Accommodate Medical Marijuana Use

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A federal court in New Mexico dismissed the lawsuit of an employee who was fired after testing positive for marijuana, even though he used medical marijuana in accordance with state law. Garcia v. Tractor Supply Company, No. 15-cv-00735 (D.N.M. Jan. 7, 2016). The Court held that the employer did not violate New Mexico law or public policy by terminating a new hire for failing a drug test due to the employee’s medical marijuana use. The Court’s decision followed the holdings of similar cases in California, Colorado, Michigan, Oregon and Washington. Like those cases, the Court held that employers in New Mexico are under no duty to accommodate the use of medical marijuana by employees.

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Medical pot producers in NM make case for confidentiality

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SANTA FE – Medical marijuana producers told state health officials Wednesday that disclosing the locations of growing facilities would invite criminals to burglarize the sites, while open-records advocates countered that greater transparency will help ensure fair and effective management of the state’s cannabis program.

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