New Mexico House speaker recuses himself on marijuana bill

New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A top-ranked Democratic legislator who represents New Mexico’s largest medical marijuana dispenser as a private attorney is recusing himself from activity on a bill regarding state residency rules for cannabis patients.

Attorney and Democratic House Speaker Brian Egolf of Santa Fe made the announcement Friday as a bill advances through the Legislature that would restrict enrollment in the state’s medical cannabis program to New Mexico residents.

Egolf represents medical cannabis company Ultra Health in a dispute with the state Health Department over residency requirements for medical cannabis program enrollment.

State health officials say lawmakers unintentionally dropped the residency requirement.

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