- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Department of Health has released the names of licensed medical marijuana producers in the state thanks to new rules taking effect this week.

The list released Monday shows that 16 of the state’s 23 independent licensed nonprofit producers are based in Albuquerque and have names like Sandia Botanicals, Inc. and the Verdes Foundation.

According to the lists, cities like Roswell, Clovis, Roy and Espanola have one licensed medical marijuana producer each.

The confidentiality surrounding producers was challenged last year in a lawsuit filed by freelance journalist Peter St. Cyr and the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government.

They argued the Health Department was violating public records law by keeping producers’ names secret.

The changes apply only to producers and producer applicants, not the more than 21,000 patients certified in the state Medical Cannabis Program.

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Online: www.nmhealth.org

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