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New Mexico adopts new rules for medical marijuana producers

ALBUQUERQUE — The names of licensed nonprofit medical marijuana producers and those seeking licenses from the state will become public under new rules taking effect next week, the New Mexico Department of Health announced Monday.

The confidentiality surrounding producers was challenged last year in a lawsuit filed by freelance journalist Peter St. Cyr and the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. They argued the health department was violating public records law by keeping producers’ names secret.

The agency has been reworking the rules since July, when Gov. Susana Martinez ordered officials to make the information public in the interest of transparency.

A public hearing was held in January and a hearing officer delivered the final recommendation to the department earlier this month.

The agency on Monday outlined details of the new rules on its website, saying the changes will take effect next Monday after being published in the state register.

To read more: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/new-mexico-adopts-new-rules-for-medical-marijuana-producers/article_bea1d0ef-60a0-5f6a-908b-f37feeb3d459.html

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