At the conclusion of the meeting with the Director and Secretary of the New Mexico Health Department in Santa Fe this morning, the Secretary said when it comes to completing the application he will be more than happy to help us complete the form.
It seems as any monies earned as a result of operating a dispensary going to support the assisted living facility for our homeless veterans gives us a few extra points above the norm when it comes to making their final decision on who the twelve new growers and dispensaries will be. He had said earlier there can be no guarantee that we will be licenses; however, the fact that he is willing to help us fill out the paperwork is a good indication of our standing.
I suppose this will be our last meeting before the department opens the application process up once again. They did say we should be able to make application by the middle of December, or at the very latest the end of December. This would allow us to start business right after the first of the year.
The wonderful thing about all of this is the other dispensaries and growers have offered to teach us all they have learned through trial and error. The Director did make the point growing this product is vastly different from a regular garden. We have several wonderful chefs in our little parish; but no one who is versed in gardening. Now, my 90 year old mother could probably teach us a thing, or two, about gardening as up until the last of her children became an adult, she had no less than an acre garden each and every year. She did this despite not having all six children living at home. I suppose the idea of down sizing never occurred to her or Dad.
I am pretty sure she has no experience in growing marijuana legally or otherwise.
At the meeting today, the Secretary did say there are several out of state, can you say Colorado, companies interested in starting up business operations here in New Mexico. And, just before we concluded our meeting, we received word that deaths from abuse of Opioid prescriptions has dropped by nearly 20% here in New Mexico. That, in and of itself, is sufficient reason to enter into the medical marijuana business. Earlier this week the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study which showed the national average to be a 25% reduction in deaths from opioid prescription products.
It will be interesting to see where this will lead us.