New Mexico State Senators are trying to make sure residents are able to access their medical marijuana by introducing a popular new bill. SB240 seeks to establish a Medical Marijuana Fund, one that takes money directly from existing producer and patient Department of Health fees to sustain the program.
The bi-partisan support for SB240 saw it clear the Senate Conservation Committee unanimously without incident. Next, the Senate Finance Committee will consider the bill, which is expected to go successfully as well. Since SB240 funds itself from existing money charged, there is no added burden to the taxpayers.
New Mexico, which legalized medical marijuana in 2007, is helping over 5,000 patients currently. "A New Mexico Drug Policy Reform study found 79% of New Mexico voters support making medical marijuana available to seriously or terminally ill patients in order to reduce their pain and suffering," added the Drug Policy Alliance.