The New Mexico Health Department has published its list of licensed medical cannabis growers online for public viewing.
Prior to the release of this list, information concerning medical marijuana growers was kept confidential. State officials have said that the secrecy was due to privacy concerns — businesses and producers were at risk of being targeted by thieves.
A journalist challenged this policy last year, arguing that the state should be more transparent. After a series of public meetings on the issue, the Health Department agreed that the policy should be changed.
There is disagreement among growers regarding whether the move is a positive one for them. Some fear that the transparency could endanger their businesses. Others say that the move could help modernize the industry and help the public regard it with more respect.
The full list of growers can be viewed here.
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