Attendance high for Medical Marijuana & Natural Health Expo

The first ever Medical Marijuana & Natural Health Expo is underway this weekend at the Convention Center and it’s attracting quite a crowd.  Medical marijuana is a growing industry in New Mexico and judging by the long line of people hoping to get a medical marijuana card at the Expo, it’s likely to continue the pace.  Ed Gifford with the Medical Cannabis Program said they help with the certifications.

“We help people get their medical cannabis card out of our office,” Gifford explained.  KOB Eyewitness News 4 wanted to know, what does it take to get a pot card? The process is difficult.  To start, in New Mexico there are 16 qualifying conditions including cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, epilepsy, even severe anorexia.  “Seventy percent of the program is chronic pain and PTSD,” Gifford said.  Max Gadbois was in line today and said he suffers from PTSD. “Just regular stress from life in general. I grew up in Los Alamos and lost a house to a fire when I was younger,” Gadbois said.

Tim McCole on the other hand wants to be a marijuana grower. He said he lost a friend to cancer recently and knows first-hand how important marijuana can be.  “It was pretty sad to see what happens when they don’t have the marijuana to help them eat,” McCole explained.  To receive a card is expensive. The card can cost as much as $280 an individual can get the necessary doctor approvals and there is a yearly renewal fee.

The pot itself is also expensive.  Mario Gonzales owns Budding Hope. He said it costs about $40 for an eighth of an ounce. Card holders can legally possess 6 ounces. That would be nearly $2,000.  Gonzales said it’s worth it to buy from a legal distributor. “Anything you put in your body, you should really know what you’re doing. If you’re smoking a chronic that’s latent with herbicides and pesticides, that’s not going to be good for you,” Gonzales explained.

via  : KOB

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