Minerva Canna Group, Inc., is a licensed, non-profit producer and seller of medical cannabis in the state of New Mexico. We are honored to be helping NM cannabis patients throughout the state obtain the medical cannabis they need to improve their lives, and we take our responsibility seriously.Read More
From time-to-time we are asked, "Why is the law covering medical cannabis in NM called the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act? Who are Lynn and Erin?" This article provides a brief background on two of the people who made medical cannabis in NM a reality.
In 1978, Lynn Pierson brought marijuana's medical value to the attention of the New Mexico legislature. At the time, Lynn was a 26-year-old cancer patient who advocated for the passage of the first medical marijuana law, the Controlled Substances Therapeutic Research Act.
After public hearings in which cancer and glaucoma patients and their physicians strongly endorsed marijuana's medical availability, the legislature overwhelmingly enacted the nation's first law recognizing marijuana's medical value. H.B. 329, later renamed The Lynn Pierson Marijuana Treatment & Research Act, was enacted by a vote of 53-9 in the New Mexico House and 33-1 in the Senate. Governor Jerry Apodaca signed the bill in February 1978.
Understanding the chemical makeup of cannabis is an important part of understanding how cannabis can help individual patients with their specific condition. While no one knows exactly how cannabis works and patients don't need to be a scientist to benefit from it's chemical properties, a basic understanding of cannabinoids as we know them goes a long way. This article provides a foundation for understanding cannabinoids to help patients find the right strain of cannabis to suit their needs.
Cannabinoids are a class of diverse chemical compounds that activate cannabinoid receptors. These include the endocannabinoids (produced naturally in the body by humans and animals), the phytocannabinoids (produced by various plants), and synthetic cannabinoids (produced chemically by man).