More Medical Cannabis Companies File Lawsuits Against New Mexico Department of Health Over New Regulations


Last week, Ultra Health, one of New Mexico’s largest medical cannabis producers, sued the state’s Department of Health over its new medical cannabis regulations, alleging that several of the rules are “arbitrary and capricious.”

Now, two additional medical cannabis producers, a cannabis manufacturer, a testing lab and a patient licensed to grow medical cannabis have also filed petitions to ask a judge to annul the new rules, according to NM Political Report.

Former Public Regulation Commissioner Jason Marks filed a petition July 21 on behalf of his clients, Scepter Lab, one of the state’s two licensed testing labs, and Vitality Extracts, a medical cannabis manufacturer, the news outlet reported.

Jacob Candelaria then filed a separate petition July 23 on behalf of GG Genetics, a medical cannabis producer and manufacturer, according to NM Political Report.

Heath Grider, a medical cannabis patient licensed to grow, then joined the initial case July 23, the news outlet reported.

All of the petitioners request that a judge invalidate the rules adopted by the Department of Health last month, arguing, like Ultra Health, that many of the new regulations regarding testing, labeling and cultivation are “arbitrary and capricious,” according to NM Political Report.

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