Senate adopts changes to medical marijuana program

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SANTA FE — A proposal to allow medical marijuana at school — among a host of other changes to New Mexico’s medical cannabis program — won bipartisan support in the Senate on Thursday.

The legislation, Senate Bill 406, also prohibits firing an employee just because he or she is in the medical marijuana program. But the person would be prohibited from coming to work impaired.

“This attempts to protect both employer and employee rights,” said Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, an Albuquerque Democrat and sponsor of the bill.

The proposal also removes a six-plant limit on how much marijuana a patient can grow and instead allows the state Department of Health to establish the limit on its own.

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