In January 2015, two New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program patients decided to poll the licensed producers in New Mexico to see how they felt about mandatory testing of cannabis and cannabis products. These patients knew that some of the producers were already testing their products and fully support testing, but didn’t know anything about how the majority of them felt about it. This has been a very contentious issue and there have been much banter and lots of rumor about how each of the producers felt about this subject, so it was decided to go right to the source for some answers. Below you will find the letter that was sent out, once by email and once by traditional mail in January, followed by a second email in February. The patients wanted to be sure all producers got it and had ample time to reply. At the end of the letter is a link to the pdf of the answers. Only 12 of 23 producers replied. A group of interested patients was formed and met this Sunday to assess the replies. I will post their personal feelings about this in another post as soon as I get it.
Dear Sir or Madame,
I am a patient in the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program. I’m also a member of the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Patient Alliance, Albuquerque and the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Patient Alliance, South. I represent not only myself, but other interested patients in the NMMCP.
This letter to you is regarding the possibility of mandatory testing and labeling of cannabis and the mandatory testing and labeling of finished cannabis products, because there is much discussion amongst concerned patients in the NMMCP regarding the quality of medicine offered by the LNPPs around the state.
We understand that some patients may not care if their cannabis is tested for impurities or cannabinoid content, but a majority of patients do care. As you know, many patients suffer from debilitating disease and immune deficiency disorders. We know from our discussions that there is a wide range of opinions on how LNPPs may feel about the mandatory testing of their products. To be fair, and not being on your side of the equation, we don’t know how you as an individual LNPP may feel about mandatory testing.
As of this date there are only rumors of testing facilities opening soon, so the one thing that we are asking is for you to assume when answering our questions that there will be two or more independent testing facilities available in New Mexico. With that in mind, here are our qu es tions :
Does your LNPP organization support mandatory testing and labeling for cannabinoid content for your cannabis products?
Why or why not?
Does your LNPP organization support mandatory testing and labeling for moisture content, pesticide residue, molds, and/or other impurities in cannabis products?
Why or why not?
Does your LNPP organization support mandatory testing and labeling of finished product? Why or why not?
Your answers will help us better understand the side of the cannabis producers in New Mexico. Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions.
We also feel, and must assume that no reply from your organization means you do not support mandatory testing and we’ll never know why, so please be sure to get back to us by February 16, 2015. We want to know how you feel about mandatory testing.
Thank you for your support of New Mexico Medical Cannabis patients.