New Mexico Legislators Urged To Update Medical Marijuana Law

Thursday, 27 July 2000

Health Secretary Alex Valdez said Monday that he thinks New Mexico should repeal its medical marijuana law and replace it with one modeled on Hawaii's new program. "It's an ineffective piece of legislation for all intents and purposes, which should be repealed. However, something should be put in its place to reduce the pain and suffering that many people in this state are going through," Valdez said.
In 1978, New Mexico was one of the first states to pass a state medical marijuana bill and more than 150 patients were accepted into a state run program that distributed marijuana to cancer and glaucoma patients. The legislature in 1986 stopped appropriating the $50,000 needed to run the program.
Department of Public Safety Secretary Nick Bakas commented in an interview with the Alburquque Journal, " The last thing [a citizen] needs to worry about in his cancer state is that a police officer is going to take him to jail for marijuana. We have a full plate dealing with people who injure...and prey on other human beings. That's who we (police) need to concentrate on."
For more information please contact Ed McWilliams of New Mexico NORML at (505) 275-6886 or Keith Stroup, Executive Director of NORML at (202) 483-5500.