Important Updates to the NM Reciprocal Program

What They Mean for NM Medical Cannabis Patients

 

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) passed Amendment 7.34.4.28 last week, which details a number of changes to the reciprocity portion of the New Mexico Cannabis program. 

These changes state that:

  • A New Mexico qualified patient can no longer be enrolled as a reciprocal patient.

Meaning:

New Mexico residents are no longer able to join the reciprocity program*. If you are a New Mexico resident, and wish to get a medical card, you can now only do so through the NMDOH. You can no longer get one from any other state outside of New Mexico.

*A resident of New Mexico can enroll as a reciprocal participant only if they are a member of a New Mexico Indian Nation, Tribe, or Pueblo medical cannabis program.

  • A reciprocal patient’s place of residency must match their place of enrollment. 

For example:

A Colorado resident can only participate as a reciprocal patient by 1) providing proof of authorization to participate in Colorado’s program (like a Colorado medical card), and 2) providing proof of residency in Colorado through their government-issued identification (like a Colorado driver’s license).

Everest is now required to verify that a reciprocal patient’s state of residency matches the state of their medical cannabis program enrollment. Unfortunately we are unable to sell to anyone who cannot provide matching documentation. All medical cannabis dispensaries in the state of New Mexico are subject to disciplinary action if these regulations aren’t adhered to.

Important Reminder: Proof of medical cannabis program enrollment must be in the form of a physical card or other physical document issued by a governmental entity authorized by law to enroll you in the medical cannabis program in your state of residence. Permission from a medical practitioner, such as a written letter from your physician, is not enough proof of authorization to allow you to register as a reciprocal patient.

Please stop into any Everest Apothecary location today to learn more about these changes and have your reciprocal program documentation re-verified by our patient care technicians. We are here to help as best we can!


Everest Apothecary Begins Delivering PPE to Local Businesses

Establishes New Partnership with Asian Business Collaborative

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Everest Apothecary and the Asian Business Collaborative have pooled their resources to expand the ABC’s personal protective equipment distribution from Feb.18 to March 18 to prepare Albuquerque businesses for reopening.

Within the next month, the partnership is expected to ship 300 boxes of PPE containing masks, face shields, gloves and more to affected workers and businesses.

Everest Apothecary will use its delivery fleet, typically used to distribute medical marijuana to patients, to begin distribution to other local businesses that are in need of additional resources.

Eclipsing the 1,500th delivery milestone of medical cannabis since its fleet first launched at the start of the pandemic in April 2020, Everest Apothecary agreed to partner with ABC because of its unique position as a local, COVID-safe delivery hub.

“We’re more than just a cannabis company, we’re a member of a community,” said Everest Apothecary Marketing Director Jefferson King. “When communities come together with a common goal, we grow stronger. Thanks to this partnership with the Asian Business Collaborative, our delivery team has a great opportunity to help stop the spread of COVID-19. It’s such a milestone for Albuquerque to be in the yellow and we want it to stay that way.”

Just as Bernalillo County turned “yellow” allowing many of their businesses to expand operations, the Asian Business Collaborative was able to secure funding for another round of PPE delivery from the City of Albuquerque’s Small Business Office in the Economic Development Department.

About Everest Apothecary

Everest Apothecary, established in 2016, is a locally-owned medical cannabis company. Everest has 4 stores in Albuquerque plus dispensaries in Rio Rancho, Los Lunas and Las Cruces. Everest also cultivates cannabis plants and produces THC-derived products in-house.

About the Asian Business Collaborative

The Asian Business Collaborative, in its first year of operation, supports Asian/Pacific Islander (API) business owners in an inclusive, diverse environment without language or cultural barriers, promoting prosperity with cultural competence. Developing into the anchor of the Asian business community that drives economic growth and prosperity, ABC advocates for Asian businesses and professionals while training the future generations of immigrants in business.

Any business that has not already received a box through this program can sign up for delivery here:

Written by River Marquez from Siarza Social Digital, on behalf of Everest Apothecary and the Asian Business Collective. View the original press release here.


Everest Apothecary Honors the New Mexico Reciprocal Program

On July 1, 2020, the New Mexico state legislature began allowing out-of-state medical cannabis patients to purchase medical cannabis within the state of New Mexico, through a new program called “reciprocity”.

Issued under Senate Bill 139 (SB139), which was sponsored by democrat Jerry Ortiz y Pino in 2019, the reciprocal program permits legally-registered, medical cardholders from any state (outside of New Mexico), the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and New Mexican native tribes to purchase cannabis in the state of New Mexico, without worry of criminal persecution or any additional fees.

New Mexico’s reciprocal program is considered to be one of the most liberal reciprocity policies nationwide. According to GlobeNewswire, no other medical cannabis reciprocal program in the U.S. currently recognizes Tribal sovereignty in accepting authorizations approved by Tribal nations or pueblos. In addition, out-of-state patients may obtain medical cannabis for conditions other than those listed as qualifying by the New Mexico Department of Health, and they are not required to comply with New Mexico’s patient card application nor renewal requirements.

The program has paved the way for hundreds of out-of-state patients to shop at licensed New Mexican dispensaries. According to the Associated Press, there were about 1,700 registered reciprocal patients in New Mexico as of October 2020. The program would likely be growing at an even quicker rate if the coronavirus pandemic and its related travel bans weren’t an issue.

If you are an out-of-state visitor wishing to shop at Everest as a reciprocal patient, you must present our patient care technicians with a government-issued ID and physical proof of enrollment in another state’s medical cannabis program. As stated in the amendment to SB139, effective Oct. 8, 2020, this proof must be in the form of a physical card or other physical document issued by a governmental entity authorized by law to enroll you in the medical cannabis program in your state of residence. Under this amendment, permission from a medical practitioner, such as a written letter from your physician, is not enough proof of authorization to allow you to register as a reciprocal patient.

As a reciprocal participant, you may purchase and possess up to 230 units (or 8 ounces) of cannabis in a 90-day period. You are not permitted to transport any medical cannabis that you purchase in New Mexico over state lines into another state, and you must follow all other state laws while on your visit.

If you are an out-of-state, legal cardholder, please stop into any Everest Apothecary location and we can get you registered as a reciprocal patient today!


ABQ Dispensary Completes 1,000 Deliveries During the Pandemic

Cannabis Delivered to Your Doorstep? You Bet!

Everest Apothecary has just celebrated the completion of 1,000 medical cannabis deliveries to the greater Albuquerque, NM area. This milestone comes in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, which has hindered the in-person dispensary shopping experience due to state-mandated stay-at-home orders, travel bans, and social distancing practices.

Everest offers the only 100% online cannabis delivery ordering system in the state of New Mexico, which gives medical patients the opportunity to minimize their risk of exposure to COVID-19 by allowing them to order from home.

To date, there have been a total of 170,296 cases of COVD-19 in the state of New Mexico. Medical cannabis patients are considered to be a medically vulnerable population—and therefore at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19—due to some patients being immunocompromised and many others having qualifying conditions that are exacerbated by the effects of the pandemic, such as anxiety, depression, stress and chronic pain.

With the help of Everest’s home delivery option, many more patients have the ability to secure the medicine they need, without needing to worry about shopping in-store. Before, during and after the delivery process, employees follow all COVID-19 safety protocols, including proper handwashing and the wearing of masks and gloves at all times.

Additionally, patients may choose their own delivery window to know exactly when their purchase will be delivered, and Everest’s fleet of delivery vehicles are unmarked, making delivery transactions discreet.

The goal of the entire process is to make the ordering process simple, safe, and secure for all patients.

Everest Apothecary's Delivery Stamp Card

Last December, Everest also launched its first-ever delivery “stamp card”, which uses special deals to encourage patients to continue utilizing the delivery service, rather than returning to shop in person. With their first delivery order (and their first stamp), patients receive 10% off their entire delivery order. With their 3rd stamp, patients are eligible to receive a free delivery on their next delivery order (the normal delivery fee is waived).

Currently, Everest’s delivery service is only available to legally-registered, New Mexican medical cannabis patients living in select zip codes in Greater Albuquerque, northwest Albuquerque/Rio Rancho and Greater Las Cruces. This service is not available to out-of-state reciprocal patients.

To view our list of zip codes and place a delivery order to your home address, please visit us here.


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