Tuesday, February 28, 2017

CANNAville New Mexico


Cannabis Festival
Las Cruces, NM   March 4th & 5th 2017


CANNAville New Mexico Cannabis Festival. A portion of the proceeds will help fund low income patients and will help joining the program affordable. CANNAville is about shedding light on what was to be known as subculture. We are bringing awareness to the community and showing that cannabis is no longer taboo, but has been accepted not only by the strong presence of NM medical cannabis card holders but also by our NM state government representatives.


For 5 millennia, Cannabis sativa has been used throughout the world medically, recreationally, and spiritually. As a folk medicine marijuana has been “used to treat an endless variety of human miseries,” although typically under the aegis of strict cultural controls, according to DuPont. The first medical use probably occurred in Central Asia and later spread to China and India. The Chinese emperor Shen-Nung is known to have prescribed it nearly 5 millennia ago. Between 2000 and 1400 bc, it traveled to India and from there to Egypt, Persia, and Syria. Greeks and Romans valued the plant for its ropelike qualities as hemp, although it also had medical applications. The medieval physician Avicenna included it in his formulary, and Europeans of the same epoch ate its nutritional seeds and made its fibers into paper, a practice that continued for centuries. Indeed, the American Declaration of Independence was purported to have been drafted on hemp-based paper.
Traditional Eastern medicine met Western medicine when W. B. O’Shaughnessy, an Irish physician working in Calcutta in the 1830s, wrote a paper extolling “Indian hemp.” The list of indications for which he recommended cannabis—pain, vomiting, convulsions, and spasticity—strikingly resembles the conditions for which modern medical marijuana proponents extol its virtues. As of 1854, the medical use of cannabis received official legitimacy by its listing in the US Dispensatory. The black leather bags of 19th-century US physicians commonly contained (among many other plant-based medicaments) cannabis tinctures and extracts for ailments ranging from insomnia and headaches to anorexia and sexual dysfunction in both sexes. Cannabis-containing remedies were also used for pain, whooping cough, asthma, and insomnia and were compounded into extracts, tinctures, cigarettes, and plasters. More recently, the Institute of Medicine issued a report based on a summary of the peer-reviewed literature addressing the efficacy of therapeutic marijuana use. The 1999 study found at least some benefit for smoked marijuana in stimulating appetite, particularly in AIDS-related wasting syndrome, and in combating chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, severe pain, and some forms of spasticity.PMC 3538401
Medical cannabis has been accepted for medicinal properties from many angles. Cannabis helps with anything from anxiety, depression, pain, mental health and much more. We are having this festival to bring together not only the already growing members of the cannabis program, but also to those who seek answers and the benefits of what we all have experienced being on the program. We have decided to offer this event as a festival style scene in celebration of the benefits of cannabis and as a culture.
Numerous diseases, such as anorexia, emesis, pain, inflammation, multiple sclerosis, neurodegenerative disorders (Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease), epilepsy, glaucoma, osteoporosis, schizophrenia, cardiovascular disorders, cancer, obesity, and metabolic syndrome-related disorders, to name just a few, are being treated or have the potential to be treated by cannabinoid agonists/antagonists/cannabinoid-related compounds. In view of the very low toxicity and the generally benign side effects of this group of compounds, neglecting or denying their clinical potential is unacceptable. PUBMED 18286801
Studies on cannabis also provide evidence of positive or “neutral” effects from cannabis consumption. For example, though inhalation of marijuana may induce acute coronary symptoms, ingestion of cannabinoids may have a positive effect on atherosclerotic heart disease via effects on the endocannabinoid system. Also, cannabis use has not been specifically linked to increased hospitalization due to cardiovascular disease or increased mortality from cardiovascular etiology. PUBMED 24350211
Studies show that the alleviating benefits of marijuana outweigh the negative effects of the drug. Medical marijuana can be used as a stand-alone treatment for these conditions or as a complement to conventional ones in order to help patients better withstand the conventional treatments’ effects and thereby obtain the full benefit, whether a cure or improvement of their condition PUBMED 22129912


Following the release of the Institute of Medicine’s report on medical marijuana in 1999, evidence supporting medical marijuana has increased. In the last three years, cannabinoids have been found to help kill breast cancer cells, fight liver cancer, reduce inflammation, have antipsychotic effects  and even potentially help stave off the development of Alzheimer’s disease and reduce progression of Huntington’s disease. PUBMED 22129912
This festival is unique because we are combining education, culture, and awareness all in one... CANNAville is about bringing everyone together in a fun setting. You may ask or wonder what does music have to do with medical cannabis? Well the answer is simple... this is a festival setting and we were certain to be sure to cater to everyone's needs. We took the extra step in securing a venue where the festival can be broken up in sections. We arranged to have an indoor and outdoor facility to suite everyone's needs. Indoor we will have education, doctor evaluations in a private setting, seminars, and patient service providers. Outdoor we will have music, games, food and culture. It is important to not only celebrate the culture but also the benefits of what this program has to offer. By all means, this is a festival...it is not specific to only 1 side of cannabis. Bringing awareness is not only for those who consume cannabis with a card, but to those who have been and always will consume cannabis for the benefits we all know it has. So bringing a way for people to obtain a NM cannabis program card we feel is the best solution. Legal, knowledge, access and affordability is what will benefit everyone .
So please take the time to distinguish and recognize what a festival is
Yes there will be education
Yes there will be doctors
and yes there will also be activities, products, vendors, music and more.

This is a community event. Where recreational, medicinal, and the curious can all enjoy a day or 2 away from the Daily stresses of life. So let's enjoy this as a community and leave the negativity behind.

March 4th & 5th

CANNAville Las Cruces @ Southern New Mexico Fairgrounds
12125 Robert Larson Blvd, Las Cruces, NM 88007

March 2017

CANNAville TBA
Location TBA

May 2017

CANNAville TBD
Location TBA

July 2017

CANNAville TBD
Location TBA

Sept 2017

CANNAville Las Cruces
Location TBA

Oct 2017

CANNAville Albuquerque
Location TBA

CANNAville is just around the corner! We have special guest performances lined up for both days just as a bonus treat for everyone attending. For everyone attending for education we have special guest speakers and advocates that will speak and answer questions. We will also have a full team staff of consultants ready to answer any questions and lead you in the right direction of obtaining your medical cannabis card. Doctors will be on site along with 50 vendors! Dispensaries and industry professionals will be on hand and team leaders in the industry will also be available for anyone wanting to participate in the industry. CANNAville will also feature live art shows, food, specialty beverages, dab bar, hookah bar, and much much more! We could not pack all of this in 1 day so this event will be non stop 2 day activities, education, product services, and more! Last but not least we will have entertainment followed by an after fest gathering where you can mingle with the professionals, performers, and network.
Special guest Djs will hit the stage with a back to back mix session and a trio collaboration at @cannaville 2017! Phat tony, Rob E, and Dj Black will open the stage up for _________ TBA!
You don't wanna miss this! ...2 day festival, coming soon... so share the page and let's make this event go viral! NM first cannabis festival of its kind...Yellow brick road will be opening up along with a few others for the main headliner on Sunday at CANNAville…


CANNAville will feature live glass blowing from NY , artist TBA... glass blowing open to the public during CANNAville to watch and participate selecting your very own custom piece...from oldschool cartoon characters to anything Imaginable...custom glass pipes created right in front of your eyes.

This link is the Facebook Event Page for CANNAville the festival, it was created so that it won't be set on private and we can interact with everyone and announce ticket giveaways etc....please go join the new events page!


We are still looking for a few more vendors for CANNAville...if you have a business and would like to expose your business, products, services to Las Cruces and the surrounding areas please contact: cannavilleNM@gmail.com for more info!




How to Qualify for Medical Cannabis in New Mexico
The Medical Cannabis Program (MCP) was created in 2007,  under the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act, chapter 210 Senate Bill 523. The purpose of this Act is to allow the beneficial use of medical cannabis in a regulated system for alleviating symptoms caused by debilitating medical conditions and their medical treatments. Under New Mexico law cardholders in the MCP are legally permitted to be in possession of 230 units (grams) and may grow up to 16 medical cannabis plants. The New Mexico Department of Health administers the MCP in accordance with the Act.


New Mexico’s medical cannabis history started in 1978.  Lynn Pierson, a 26 year old cancer patient,  brought the value of medical cannabis to the New Mexico legislature. After public hearings the legislature enacted H.B. 329, the nation’s first law recognizing the medical value of cannabis. Later renamed The Lynn Pierson Marijuana & Research Act set forth a program that had over 250 New Mexicans receiving medical cannabis through the University of New Mexico until 1986. Federal opposition and state bureaucratic opposition developed  thus ending the program in 1986.
Then in the early 2000’s, Erin Armstrong, a medical cannabis advocate who suffered from thyroid cancer, began to lobby the state legislature to pass a medical cannabis law.  Armstrong, a Santa Fe High and UNM grad, spent three years tirelessly advocating for the medical cannabis program we have today. The Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act, 2007, passed under Governor Bill Richardson and was lead in the state legislature by Senator Cisco McSorley.
The New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program is available to New Mexico residents with certain medical conditions. The production and distribution of medical cannabis is provided by Licensed Non-Profit Producers (LNPP) throughout the state. Licensed Non-Profit Producers may grow no more than 450 total plants; including mature, seedlings, cuttings and clones. A Primary Caregiver may be designated by the Qualified Patient to take responsibility for managing the well-being of the qualified patient in the use of medical cannabis. A qualified patient may also obtain a Personal Production License (PPL) to grow medical cannabis for personal use.
If you believe your debilitating medical condition(s) qualify for the medical cannabis program, discuss your symptoms with your licensed physician.  A doctor has to recommend you to receive medical cannabis as treatment, so the doctor is not prescribing medical cannabis. And this should allow for any licensed physician, in New Mexico, to sign for your enrollment.  You must submit an application to New Mexico Department of Health’s Medical Cannabis Program administrator’s office along with all required forms.
If your debilitating medical condition is not on the list of qualifying conditions, you are strongly encouraged to petition the Medical Advisory Board with a request to add a new condition not currently on the list of qualifying conditions. The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board convenes at least twice each calendar year to conduct public meetings and is made up of eight board certified practitioners.  The board is responsible for reviewing and recommending to the department additional conditions that would benefit from the medical use of cannabis, accepting and reviewing petitions to add medical conditions, medical treatments or diseases to the list of debilitating medical conditions that qualify for the use of medical cannabis; recommending quantities of cannabis necessary to constitute an adequate supply, and issuing recommendations concerning rules to be promulgated for the issuance of registry identification cards.
Where to find a Medical Cannabis Doctor in New Mexico? Medical practitioners in New Mexico cannot prescribe cannabis; they can only make recommendations. Therefore it is best to check with your primary care physician first, as that is your most cost effective route. The New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program accepts recommendations from both mental health specialists and physicians who are licensed to diagnose any of the qualified medical conditions.
Where are the legal cannabis dispensaries in New Mexico located? The New Mexico Department of Health website list 23 medical cannabis dispensaries, located throughout the entire state of New Mexico, with several new ones currently in the process of opening. The majority are based in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area’s of the state. Once your medical cannabis application is approved, you will receive a list of Licensed Non-Profit Producers throughout the state. When new producers are licensed, you will receive the contact information for each new dispensary registered.
What does my medical card allow me to get at a New Mexico dispensary?
Qualified Patients are allowed to possess up to approximately 8 ounces (230 units) of usable cannabis. Primary Caregivers may transport up to this amount for each patient listed on the
Caregiver ID card. If an exception to the 8 ounce limit is granted, it is noted on the back of the
Patient ID card. Maximum THC content of concentrates: A qualified patient or primary caregiver shall not possess a concentrated cannabis-derived product that contains greater than seventy percent (70%) THC by weight. Personal Production License: Qualified Patients may apply for a license to grow their own supply of medical cannabis. The license should be posted or kept near the growing area. A Personal Production License (PPL) allows Patients to have 4 mature plants and 12 seedlings at any given time. The definitions for
mature and seedling plants are as follows:
• Mature plant – A harvestable female cannabis plant that is flowering.
• Seedling – A cannabis plant that has no flowers.
To legally possess more than six ounces, the medical provider must submit a letter to the New Mexico Department of Health, requesting an increase.
Limitations and Restrictions: Qualified patients must follow all other state rules and regulations. Qualified patients can only purchase or grow product for their own medicinal use. Product is not to be shared or transferred between qualified patients. Medical cannabis is to be used in a residence. Extra product is to be destroyed as stated in NMAC 7.34.3.19. Patients with a medical cannabis card cannot use or possess medical cannabis in the following places:
In a public vehicle
In the workplace of the patient or primary caregiver
In a public park
On school grounds or property
In a recreation center, youth center, or other public places
On federal property such as airports, immigration checkpoints, national parks, and reservations
Additionally, patients cannot operation a motor vehicle while under the influence of cannabis.
Are patients and caregivers shielded from discrimination? Yes. Primary caregivers must be a resident of New Mexico, and be 18 years of age, or older. Primary caregivers must also be designated by the patient’s physician as necessary to take responsibility for managing the well-being of a qualified patient.
What is the future of the Medical Cannabis Program in New Mexico? The Medical Cannabis Program has experienced tremendous growth within the last year. The Program currently recommends submitting renewal and new patient applications a minimum of 60 days prior to expiration to allow ample time for processing. The Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act requires your application to be processed within 30 days. The Medical Cannabis Program is in the process of obtaining new staff to ensure we can meet the demands in the future.
Today, more than 40,000 New Mexicans are registered in the Medical Cannabis Program. In the United States, as of a March 2016 study on ProCog.org, there were over 1,246,170 million legal medical cannabis patients. Thats an average of 8.6 patients per 1,000 state residents in each state; Arizona 13.1 per 1000, California 19.4 per 1000, Colorado 19.8 per 1000, New Mexico 13.5 per 1000*, Oregon 19.2 per 1000, Nevada 5.0 per 1000 and Washington 19.2 per 1000 state residents.
Any resident seeking assistance in qualifying for the New Mexico Medical Cannabis program can find that thru the LECUA Patients Coalition of New Mexico. The LECUA Patients Coalition of New Mexico, as a grassroots organization, is the leader in New Mexico amongst medical cannabis patient groups. Providing the latest scientific and medical based research for medical cannabis for the: patients, prospective patients, community education & information, physicians / medical professionals, local & state organizations.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Why Do States Make Patients Renew Medical Cannabis Cards Yearly?

Registry Identification Cards And 3 Year Renewals
The New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program is available to any New Mexico resident with certain medical conditions. A Primary Caregiver may be designated by the Qualified Patient to take responsibility for managing the well-being of the qualified patient in the use of medical cannabis. A qualified patient may also obtain a Personal Production License (PPL) to grow medical cannabis for personal use.
If you believe your debilitating medical condition(s) qualify for the medical cannabis program, discuss your symptoms with your licensed physician.  A doctor has to recommend you to receive medical cannabis as treatment, so the doctor is not prescribing medical cannabis. And this should allow for any licensed physician or nurse practitioner, in New Mexico, to sign for your enrollment.  You must submit an application to New Mexico Department of Health’s Medical Cannabis Program administrator’s office along with all required forms.
Due to the qualifying conditions requirement into the medical cannabis program, the types of debilitating medical conditions that are part of the MCP, the nature of these debilitating medical conditions that qualify (and many others); it only makes sense from a medical standpoint to certify patients for a 3 year period in the medical cannabis program. The qualifying health conditions for the program are all ones that modern pharmaceutical pills failed to cure, provide relief and in many case made the conditions worse. That is why we are in the medical cannabis program as this form of medicine provides us the best option for for treatment in improving our health.
What is a chronic medical condition?
A chronic disease is one lasting 3 months or more, by the definition of the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. Chronic diseases generally cannot be prevented by vaccines or cured by medication, nor do they just disappear.
What is the meaning of debilitating?
Something that's debilitating seriously affects someone or something's strength or ability to carry on with regular activities, like a debilitating illness. Debilitating comes from the Latin word debilis, meaning "weak." That's why you'll often see the adjective used to describe illness, despite the negative reference.
Facts About The Medical Conditions That Qualify For The Medical Cannabis Program.
Patients in New Mexico diagnosed with one or more of the following medical conditions qualify into the program and are allowed legal protection under the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act:
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) : Can't be cured, but treatment does help. Chronic: lifelong.
Cancer : Chronic disease, can be treated, & average treatment plan length 5 years or more.
Crohn’s Disease : Can't be cured, but treatment does help. Chronic: Lasting several years or lifelong.
Epilepsy : Is a chronic neurological disorder. Can't be cured, but treatment does help.
Glaucoma : Chronic, can't be cured, but treatment does help.  ( Can braille cards be printed ? )
Hepatitis C : Chronic, but treatment does help.
HIV/AIDS : Can't be cured, but treatment does help. Chronic: lifelong.
Huntington’s Disease : Can't be cured, but treatment does help. Chronic: lifelong.
Hospice Care :Palliation of a chronically ill, terminally ill or seriously ill patient's pain and symptoms.
Inclusion Body Myositis : Can't be cured, but treatment does help. Chronic: lifelong.
Inflammatory Autoimmune-mediated Arthritis Can't be cured, treatment does help. Chronic: lifelong.
Multiple Sclerosis Can't be cured, but treatment does help. Chronic: lifelong.
Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord :No cure, treatment does help. Chronic: lifelong.
Painful peripheral neuropathy :Can't be cured, but treatment does help. Chronic: lifelong.
Parkinson’s disease :Can't be cured, but treatment does help. Chronic: lifelong.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) :Can't be cured, but treatment does help. Chronic: lifelong.
Severe Chronic Pain :Can't be cured, but treatment does help. Chronic: lifelong.
Severe Anorexia/Cachexia :Often a sign of disease, such as cancer, AIDS, heart failure, or advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Chronic but treatment does help.
Spasmodic Torticollis (Cervical Dystonia) :Can't be cured, but treatment does help. Chronic: lifelong.
Ulcerative Colitis: Can't be cured, but treatment does help. Chronic: lifelong.
All of these types of debilitating medical conditions have some common medical facts; treatment plan for 5 years if not lifelong, most all have no cure, all of them are chronic health conditions, and sadly some take a person’s life. They all also require a medical treatment plan with several visits to more than one medical practitioner throughout the course of a year.  
Patients, like myself, and all patients are currently required to renew their cards every year despite all of patients in the program having serious debilitating medical conditions that are chronic and will never go away. Nor do we need a yearly reminder of our health problems...once a patient is accepted into the program the registry and identification cards should be set at a 3 yr renewal basis and expire 3 years from entry into the program.
The Department can then do yearly address verification with a simple form, by mail, all while maintaining safe access to medical cannabis for patients in the program. The current “change of address” form used by the Department of Health could also be used here. Setting the registry for the program at 3 years will save the Department of Health money by reducing employee hours spent on this process yearly, reduced cost in printing, and office supplies cost. This will also strengthen the medical cannabis program by knowing patient registration numbers and additional statistics for 3 year periods.
For the patients with a personal production license, they could submit annually to the department a statement or form for address verification and to provide that nothing has changed from the initial PPL application that was approved.
The physician or practitioner that you receive your recommendation from should be a practiced, and licensed with medical and research experience (preferably cannabis related). While these doctors cannot “prescribe” cannabis, they can “certify” or “recommend” patients use medical cannabis that meets the criteria to be a qualifying patient.
Although it is easy to walk into a green, 4:20 themed “clinic” and pay a cheap price for a evaluation, there are some factors you should consider before doing so. If you are a patient looking to get the maximum benefit from cannabis as a medicine, the relationship between yourself and your medical cannabis doctor should be respected as much as in any other medical circumstance. For this reason, Americans For Safe Access advise staying away from these types of places many call, “bargain clinics.”  Make sure there are no extra fees associated with obtaining ID cards, or extra copies of the letter of recommendation. Patients should protect themselves from clinics that treat them “strictly as a business.”

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported on February 13th (2017) that the New Mexico Medical Cannabis program has grown dramatically from 9,000 patients in 2013 to more than 33,000 today. The Department of Health estimates approximately 500 to 800 new patients join the program weekly. The tremendous growth of the Medical Cannabis Program with new program participants, an increase of 75% during 2016, so that currently means we have almost 45,000 patients benefiting from medical cannabis. The medical cannabis program office is currently processing applications in a 12-14 day range and recommends submitting renewal and new patient applications a minimum of 60 days prior to expiration to allow ample time for processing.

The Department of Health should certify patients under presumptive eligibility and set the registry for the program at 3 years for every patient. This will benefit both the patients, whom the program was created for, and benefit the Department of Health in a state that is looking for ways to save money.  
Senate Bill 177, “Medical Marijuana Changes, proposed making it so if the patient’s debilitating condition is considered chronic, then reapplication would be required no sooner than three years from the date of issuance. However, if the condition is not chronic, reapplication would be no sooner than three years but the patient would be required to submit a statement from a practitioner annually. The 3 year card renewal was also amended out late as a floor amendment.

It was changed to be a written attestation, thus "written attestation" means a written statement from a qualified patient that: (1) states that the qualified patient has been diagnosed by a practitioner as having a debilitating medical condition; (2) states that the qualified patient continues to receive care from a practitioner for the debilitating medical condition in accordance with a schedule determined by that Practitioner; (3) states that the qualified patient's practitioner has indicated that the practitioner believes that the potential health benefits of the medical use of cannabis would likely outweigh the health risks for the patient; and (4) provides the name, telephone number and address for the qualified patient's practitioner; and
"SECTION 5. A new section of the Lynn and Erin CompassionateUse Act is enacted to read:[NEW MATERIAL] REGISTRY IDENTIFICATION CARD--RENEWAL.--A qualified patient shall renew the qualified patient's and that qualified patient's primary caregiver's registry identification cards on an annual basis by submitting to the department a written attestation."

Senate Bill 177 has been sent to the House Health & Human Services Committee -Waiting to be scheduled. Call and email your House of Representative member in your district and call the Roundhouse for your voice to be heard. House of Representatives main phone number 505-986-4751 and general email: house@nmlegis.gov.  Ask for presumptive eligibility and setting the registry for the program at 3 years for every patient to be added back into SB-177.

If your debilitating medical condition is not on the list of qualifying conditions, you are strongly encouraged to petition the Medical Advisory Board with a request to add a new condition not currently on the list of qualifying conditions. The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board convenes at least twice each calendar year to conduct public meetings and is made up of eight board certified practitioners.  The board is responsible for reviewing and recommending to the department additional conditions that would benefit from the medical use of cannabis, accepting and reviewing petitions to add medical conditions, medical treatments or diseases to the list of debilitating medical conditions that qualify for the use of medical cannabis; recommending quantities of cannabis necessary to constitute an adequate supply, and issuing recommendations concerning rules to be promulgated for the issuance of registry identification cards.

By Jason Barker - Organizer & Medical Cannabis Patient
LECUA Patient’s Coalition Of New Mexico