- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Department of Health has opened the request for applications period for the licensing of non-profit producers for the medical marijuana program.

There currently are 23 licensed non-profit producers in the program, which are located throughout the state.

No new licensed non-profit producers have been added since 2010.

The health department will accept applications until May 1.

The department also finalized rule changes for the medical marijuana program in February and increased the maximum number of plants that licensed non-profit producers can grow from 150 to 450.

The changes are made to increase the availability of medical marijuana to qualified patients in the program.

Currently, there are 20 qualifying conditions to get in the program and 13,310 patients.

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