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Advocates fight changes to medical marijuana program

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Santa Fe, N.M. - Advocates fight proposed changes to New Mexico's medical marijuana program. 

These advocates believe new fees and other revisions would make it more difficult for New Mexicans to purchase marijuana they need for health issues. 

The Drug Policy Alliance objects to one proposed change that would charge an annual $25 or $50 fee to individuals in the program who are eligible for Medicaid. 

Other revisions would decrease the number of plants individuals can have for growing marijuana. However, the state would triple plants allowed for nonprofit producers who supply most of the 11,000 New Mexicans in the program. 

The Health Department will listen to public comments concerning the changes at a hearing today.  The department has no deadline for a final decision on the proposed revisions.