New Mexico provider becomes nation's largest vertically integrated medical cannabis network.
Ultra Health has opened its eighth location in Alamogordo and is now serving six counties in New Mexico, more than any other medical cannabis provider in the state. The eighth location makes Ultra Health the nation’s largest vertically integrated, seed-to-sale medical cannabis network in the country.
The opening comes after an inspection from the New Mexico Department of Health. Ultra Health initially submitted its amendment to open a dispensary in Alamogordo in May 2016. There are currently more than 45,000 enrollees in the state’s medical cannabis program.
The company plans to establish new dispensaries in underserved communities including Silver City, Española, Los Ranchos, Deming, Sunland Park, Las Vegas, Raton, Tucumcari, Artesia, Gallup, Farmington, Grants, Socorro, Truth or Consequences, Portales, Roswell, Los Alamos, Moriarty, Lovington, and the unincorporated South Valley of Albuquerque.
There are currently 15 New Mexico counties and thousands of medical cannabis patients without access to a full-time dispensary. While approval for medical cannabis dispensaries in rural areas has lagged, the Albuquerque market appears saturated with dispensaries.
As of Aug. 4, there were 25 dispensary locations in Albuquerque serving a patient population of 13,812 enrollees in Bernalillo County. The Albuquerque dispensary density is higher than that of Tucson, Arizona, which has 10 dispensaries serving 18,766 patient enrollees in its respective Pima County. The U.S. Census Bureau (2016) estimates the Albuquerque and Tucson city populations at 559,279 and 530,706 respectively.
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