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New Mexico scaling back marijuana program changes

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is scaling back possible changes for New Mexico's medical marijuana program.

The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/1jEW04U ) reports that a Department of Health official told legislators during a Thursday hearing in Taos Pueblo that the agency will scrap two proposals that had come under fire from pot producers and users.

One would have instituted criminal background checks for patients approved to grow their own marijuana. The other would reduce the number of marijuana plants allowed for personal consumption.

Meanwhile, the department also plans to change a proposed new fee structure for licensed producers.

Department spokesman Kenny Vigil says the department is making the changes based on public comment.

Vigil says the department will make a final decision on its remaining proposals after it receives a hearing officer's report.

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