Medical marijuana producer sues New Mexico over rules
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest medical marijuana producer is suing the state health department over regulations that govern edibles, salves, lotions and other products infused with cannabis.
Ultra Health contends the department doesn’t have the authority to license legal cannabis manufacturers, which take the raw material from producers and turn it into baked goods, beverages, candy and other products that can be sold in the producers’ dispensaries.
The manufacturer category resulted from rules adopted by the state in 2015.
The lawsuit says producers like Ultra Health have to pay fees of up to $90,000 a year, while manufacturers of cannabis-infused products only have to pay $1,000 a year.
Lawyers for Ultra Health say the goal is to come up with a fair fee structure.
The department declined to comment on the lawsuit.