If New Mexico lawmaker has her way, growers in her state will be able to double their crops. Pictured: A marijuana plant flourishes under grow lights at a warehouse in Denver. (Ed Andrieski, Associated Press file)

New Mexico lawmaker wants to nearly double medical marijuana patient limits

Proposed bill would also double current grow limits, addressing strain on supplies

SANTA FE, N.M. — A lawmaker wants to increase the amount of marijuana that licensed medical-cannabis producers in New Mexico can grow.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the proposal by Democratic Sen. Cisco McSorley of Albuquerque also would increase the amount of marijuana that the program’s participants can possess.

The bill would let producers grow up to 1,000 cannabis plants during any three-month period. Currently, a producer can have 450 plants.

The proposal also would allow program participants possess up to 5 ounces of marijuana during a 30-day period.

They are now allowed to possess 8 ounces during a 90-day period.

Officials said in November that the number of participants had grown from 18,600 to nearly 33,000 in a year’s time.

The large patient volume also has strained supplies.

Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican