SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's booming medical marijuana program is undergoing changes.

The Albuquerque Journal reports a state Department of Health official told lawmakers this week the tweaks are intended to alleviate growing pains.

The changes that are either being considered or are already in the works include allowing patients to submit online applications — they're currently required to be submitted by mail — and the hiring of seven new staffers, including an investigator and an environmental scientist.

The new hires would bolster the Medical Cannabis Program's authorized staff positions by 33 percent — from 21 to 28 positions — for the budget year.

New Mexico launched its medical marijuana program in 2007. There were 9,950 active patients around the state in September 2013. There were 48,861 as of last month.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com