Backlog for New Mexico medical marijuana program worsens

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Delays in renewing medical marijuana cards in New Mexico have grown so long that some seriously ill patients are resorting to purchasing marijuana on the black market, according to some patients and advocates.

The state Department of Health says the backlog was caused by a surge in demand from new applicants, reported The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/28LdVDt) . Although state law gives the department 30 days to approve or deny an application, spokesman Kenny Vigil said by email that the current wait is about 40 to 50 days.

Vigil didn’t respond to an interview request from the newspaper, but he said in a written statement that the department is working hard to get caught up. The agency purchased two new printers, hired two new employees and two temporary employees and is considering more hires. Employees also have had to work six days a week.

Vigil said the goal is to get caught up this summer.

To read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jun/21/backlog-for-new-mexico-medical-cannabis-program-wo/

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