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    Dominic Velasquez with the School for the Horticulture of Medical Cannabis illustrates how to prune a cannabis plant to his students in August 2011. Velasquez offers classes to people who are licensed to grow the plant for themselves. New Mexican file photo

Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 5:00 pm | Updated: 12:03 am, Thu Feb 20, 2014.

There isn’t enough legally grown marijuana in New Mexico to meet demand from patients who have state permission to use it for medical purposes, according to a Department of Health survey.

The 9,760 patients enrolled in New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program use an average of 9.6 grams per week, amounting to a total annual need of about 5,110,726 grams (or 11,267 pounds), the survey says. Meanwhile, licensed nonprofit producers and patients authorized to grow their own marijuana produce only 1,019,018 grams — or about 2,246 pounds per year. This means only about 20 percent of patient demand is being met through legal channels.

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