Margaret Schulze, spokesowman for Santa Fe Institute For Natural Medicine, the state's only licensed grower, warned SFR that it would cease production if the story went to print. She claimed that even though US Attorney General Eric Holder stated that his Department of Justice would not prosecute medical marijuana growers legally formed under state law, such a story would irk the Drug Enforcement Agency into investigating anyway.
New Mexico Independent's Trip Jennings reports today that Holder addressed the issued during his visit to Albuquerque on Friday:
“For those organizations that are doing so sanctioned by state law, and doing it in a way that is consistent with state law, and given the limited resources that we have, that will not be an emphasis for this administration,” Holder said.
Nevertheless, SFR has received several calls and emails (ranging from "shame on you" to "fuck you!") from patients and caregivers claiming that SFINM informed them that it will indeed shut down operations.