According to a medical marijuana patient who has access to the secure Web site of the one nonprofit in the state producing marijuana for patients, the nonprofit has run out of its product and won’t have more available until October.

Here is the notice on the Santa Fe Institute for Natural Medicine (SFINM) Web site:


We are currently sold out of our inventory. Not knowing what members would like, our first crop was 50/50 indica dominant/sativa dominant. And although we are so sorry to run out, we now know that members prefer sativa dominant. We will try and adjust our proportions accordingly so this does not happen again. Also, please keep in mind that it takes 12-18 months for a smooth running ongoing production. This is especially tricky when it is a pilot project and mother nature is involved. We very much appreciate your patience.

Come October, we hope to introduce Big Buddha’s Cheese, Chocolope, and Kandy Kush to the menu. More details will come in September.

The source for this story, who wished to remain unidentified, told the Independent that if he didn’t have a producers license he’d have to risk buying it on the street — which is legal for him under state law, but dangerous because it forces him to purchase from people working in an underground economy.

“It’s not safe. You could be ripped off or killed, not to mention, it’s still a federal crime. So, say you bought some in front of a post office, you could be prosecuted by the feds,” he explained.

Still, he’s come to rely on medical marijuana as he makes his way through a debilitating chemotherapy cancer treatment regime, so figures most of the state’s medical marijuana patients are taking those kinds of risks.

“It significantly helps all of the serious side effects I’ve told you about… like relentless nausea, extreme anxiety, and loss of appetite. It also helps me sleep, which is good,” he said.

He doesn’t blame the dispensary from running out, though, saying its the state’s fault for not devising a better system for producing marijuana that meets the demand.

“Why are they limiting the ability of people to produce when its clear so many people in the state really need it,” he asked rhetorically.

According to an article by the Santa Fe Reporter’s Dave Maas published last week, there are 540 medical marijuana patients so far in the state, but only one licensed nonprofit to supply them with marijuana. Of those 540 patients, 116 have a license to produce their own marijuana.

NMI’s source is a licensed producer. He’s allowed to grow four plants of his own, and is glad he’s spent the time to get that off the ground, because in addition to the one dispensary in the state not being able to produce enough marijuana, it’s very expensive.

According to the SFINM Web site, there are three grades offered. The top grade is $378 an ounce, the middle grade is $336, and the bottom grade — which he said is good for tinctures or cooking — is $182 an ounce.

Those prices, according to the former medical cannabis program coordinator for the state, are comparable to what the patients would pay on the black market.

Her comments were reported by Maas, who tracked the progress — or lack there of — of the state’s medical marijuana program with comprehensive reports for the Santa Fe Reporter.

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Author: Marjorie Childress
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