What better way to enjoy cannabis than on Independence Day?
And this year the holiday extends through the weekend; a great time to celebrate American ideals such as the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!
The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution.
On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.
If you are a lucky member of the New Mexico Medical Marijuana program, enjoying the quintessential American holiday weekend with friends and family at Kit Carson Park, or at a backyard barbecue, spark one up (before you go), and pursue your happiness!
New Mexico launched its medical marijuana program in 2007 and the number of people enrolled in the program has skyrocketed in recent years.
There were 73,350 active patients around the state as of May, compared with 48,861 in September 2017.
Enrollment in the program could see another spike in the coming months, as Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel recently approved adding six new qualifying conditions – including opioid use disorder, Alzheimer’s disease and autism. Also included are allowing medical marijuana in schools, under certain circumstances, extending the length of an approved patient identification card from one year to three years and stipulating that a licensed medical marijuana user cannot be denied an organ transplant on the basis of their participation in the program.
However some confusion surrounding new laws passed recently remains, especially regarding out of state patients buying cannabis in state; New Mexico non-residents are not allowed to apply for a medical cannabis card in the state despite an amendment to the law that deleted the residency requirement from the definition of “qualified patient.”
The amendment does allow out-of-state medical cannabis patients to access the state program while in the state starting in 2020. But State Department of Health officials say that allowing non-residents to obtain a medical cannabis card would encourage transport of the products across state lines, which violates both state and federal laws
So for now only New Mexico residents can apply for a Medical Marijuana card, and Southwest Wellness makes it very easy, with Medical Professionals on site to sign you up!
Starting with you next new card registration renewal, you won’t have to reapply for three years! Now that’s good news!
To celebrate America’s Independence Day Weekend, Southwest Wellness have a $3.00 discount on lemonades (if you are feeling creative and have ice and food coloring on hand, you could turn them into tri-colored slushies), and are also offering a $30/half gram Rosin release (Girl Scout Cookies.)
Three red, white and blue strains (red dragon, blue dream, and white lemon), will help you feel particularly patriotic.
For maximum enjoyment, I recommend sparking these strains while watching fireworks which will no doubt light up our skies the entire weekend!
Southwest Wellness is closed today but open tomorrow and Saturday.
Happy 4th of July, everyone!
For more information on Southwest Wellness and all they offer, please visit their site linked below.
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