Medical Cannabis Operator in New Mexico Demanding a Boost in Plantation Limit

A lawsuit was filed in the court of New Mexico seeking to boost the plant-count limit in the state

According to, a leading producer of medical marijuana in New Mexico is compelling the court to increase plantation count. A lawsuit was filed in the court by Ultra Health, which already has ongoing litigation with the New Mexico Department of Health over the issue.


The producer is trying to compel the court to force state regulators, demanding an increase in the marijuana plant-count limit.


According to, the latest case is filed seeking remedy for the state's violation of a 2019 court order. The order was to ensure that the plant-count is adequate to meet the demands, while also being reasonable.


The company claimed that the restrictions imposed have led to insufficient supply. As a result, the prices are raking high, in a rapidly growing market.


Notably, the argument also caught fire amidst the increasing likeliness of New Mexico's Legislature legalizing marijuana for adult use. Neighboring Arizona has already legalized adult-use marijuana back in November 2020 by a ballot initiative.


However, the state regulators, in 2019, have already increased the limit from 450 plants to 1750 plants per cultivator. It was upheld in response to the increasing demand for both medical and recreational cannabis.


"Ultra Health argues, that the amount per patient has been mostly offset by the growth of MMJ program", as per mjbizdaily's report.


The year 2020 registered 104,655 patients in New Mexico, which is perhaps a 30% increase year after year.


The plant-count limit in New Mexico is roughly 0.5 plants per patient, which is sufficient for only 75,000 patients, as per Ultra Health spokesperson. And this number is astonishingly withheld when there are 34 vertical medical marijuana operators in the state.


Ultra Health CEO Duke Rodriguez reported to Marijuana Business Daily in December, 'neighboring Arizona and Oklahoma don't have plant limits.' He further added that Colorado's plant count is roughly 18 times that of New Mexico.


Duke claimed that the plant count has been intentionally maintained low to prevent the company's expansion.


While, there are many who do not agree with this statement, stating that the plant count limit is not an issue.

Kashish Mahajan

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