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.


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