P787: Medical Cannabis Program (FY17-FY19 Strategic Plan)

What We Do

The Medical Cannabis Program (MCP) was created in 2007 under the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act (the Act). The purpose of this Act is to allow the beneficial use of medical cannabis in a regulated system for alleviating symptoms caused by debilitating medical conditions. New Mexicans with a diagnosed qualifying medical condition are eligible to participate in the Program.

Who We Serve

The Program serves New Mexicans with qualifying medical conditions diagnosed by a health care provider. There are currently 21 qualifying medical conditions:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C Infection currently receiving antiviral treatment (proof of current anti-viral treatment required)
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Hospice Care
  • Inclusion Body Myositis
  • Intractable Nausea/Vomiting
  • Inflammatory autoimmune-mediated arthritis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord, with (proof of objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity required)
  • Painful Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Severe Chronic Pain
  • Severe Anorexia/Cachexia
  • Spasmodic Torticollis (Cervical Dystonia)
  • Ulcerative Colitis
How We Impact

The Program enables the provision of compassionate care for people that have certain illnesses who prefer to use cannabis to alleviate symptoms related to their diagnosis.

Budget

FY17 OPERATING BUDGET: $2,784,879

  • Other State Funds: $2,784,879

Accomplishments

During FY17, some of MCP's accomplishments included:

  • Hired and trained six new Information and Records Clerks to process and approve applications.
  • Developed standard operating procedures (SOPs) for Patient Services staff.
  • Completed multiple trainings on operating procedures and BioTrackTHC software for all Patient Services staff.
  • Completed training on customer service for all MCP staff.
  • Conducted two educational presentations to about 35 medical providers and four educational presentations to about 170 law enforcement officers and lawyers.
  • Worked with BioTrackTHC to decrease printing time for patient registry cards from about four minutes per card to two minutes per card.
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