The system allows state regulators to electronically register and track out of state patients into the patient registry
Helix Technologies Inc (OTCQB:HLIX) announced Tuesday that New Mexico’s online medical marijuana reciprocity portal is live and has been serving out of state patients living or vacationing in New Mexico.
The system, which is the first of its kind for US Medical Cannabis programs, allows state regulators to electronically register and track out of state patients into the patient registry.
The system decreases time and costs associated with paper only patient registries and allows the state to track and enforce dispensing limits in real time to prevent potential diversion to the black market.
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Helix noted that the new platform, which the company worked with the state government to set up, benefits all stakeholders in the New Mexico industry as it allows out of state patients a convenient way to access medical cannabis.
Since going live with the reciprocity module on July 1, more than 1,700 out of state patients have been registered for the program.
“We’re encouraged by the ability of this platform to assure people visiting New Mexico get the medicine they need when cannabis has been recommended as a treatment by their medical provider at home,” said Dr Dominick Zurlo, director of the New Mexico Department of Health Medical Cannabis Program, in a statement.
“We appreciate the efforts of Helix Biotrack to work with us toward the goal of assuring visiting patients experience uninterrupted treatment and relief for their medical conditions.”
COO Dr Moe Afaneh of Helix Biotrack, a division of Helix Technologies, said the company is “always looking for ways to work with our Government partners to improve transparency, ease of use, and ultimately public safety.”
Dr Afaneh added: “This is the first step towards digitally bridging states’ medical markets, while ultimately improving access for patients looking to explore New Mexico, bringing in new patients for the industry, and saving everyone time and money in the process.”