Posted at: 04/01/2011 8:42 PM
By: Gadi Schwartz, KOB Eyewitness News 4; Charlie Pabst, KOB.com
Nonprofit groups hoping to sell medical marijuana in New Mexico are suing Governor Martinez and the state health department, saying not enough applications are being approved.
Since New Mexico's medical marijuana law went into effect, only 25 nonprofits have been approved out of 116 applications.
Before they can sell medical pot, applicants must spend time and money forming a nonprofit, selecting a board and setting up a business.
The lawsuit, filed Friday, says those groups have done all of that, but still haven't been given licenses, while a select few have.
Dominick Zurlo with the New Mexico Department of Health said Friday, "We want to make sure that we can provide the best services for the patients so yeah there is no way to actually say it's going to take us two months, three months, it really depends on the quality of the proposal."
Calls to the lawyer filing the suit were not returned Friday.