In 2018 DPA chaired a statewide Medical Cannabis Accessibility and Affordability Task Force called for by the New Mexico Senate. The recommendations in the report set the stage for improving the program so that all New Mexicans are able to better access medical cannabis to alleviate their debilitating conditions.
Rates of participation in the medical cannabis program vary by county. The county with the fewest medical cannabis patients per capita is McKinley County with about 3 patients / 1,000 people. The county with the greatest rate of participation is Sierra County with 29 patients / 1,000 people.