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SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico’s medical marijuana program will continue for now, although the state’s new governor has made it clear she does not support the law that allows people with certain medical conditions to use the drug.
Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who took office Jan. 1, said during her campaign the state law puts state employees in the position of violating federal law and she’d like it repealed. But she’s also said New Mexico has pressing budget issues, so repeal is not a priority in the 2011 legislative session.
Martinez’s nominee for health secretary, Dr. Catherine Torres, would say only that the program “continues to function according to current state law.” The Department of Health oversees it.
The law’s sponsor, Democratic Sen. Gerry Ortiz y Pino of Albuquerque, said he hopes the new administration won’t push for its repeal in the future, either.
“It may be after she’s been in office a while, she looks at the program and decides to just leave it alone,” he said.
Republican Rep. Bill Rehm of Albuquerque would like to see the law rolled back. But Rehm said while there’s a chance the House would vote for repeal, he doesn’t believe the Senate would.
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