Are there really any more MMJ folks in New Mexico??? The latest stats are 203 mmj card holders....in the entire state. There should be at least +/-2000 in the Albuquerque Metro area alone. From what I have been able to conclude there are reasons for this disparity. First, there is so much confusion, doubts and questions left and do say many of these same are intended hurdles and blocks in place. Secondly there is little gained in applying for a mmj card. There's no growers and dispensaries. Please consider.... Take an every day average kinda person. They are not ''into'' the cannabis culture and all that comes with it. Most would not want to be associated with stoners, pot heads, who take themselves in as a cult of sorts. Many are of a say, more mature presence and/or age than the typical stoner and do not have much if anything in common with the current/newer generation of cannabis users. Many more are concerned with the negative stigmas associated with cannabis and those who use it. Still more are concerned about their lives, careers, families and social circles that might be affected in any way should they get an MMJ card and the government records, use, of having done so. Without a dispensary to go to and no growers/care givers to purchase from the many who would have an mmj card would still have to buy from a street dealer as it were. This alone is keeping 100s to 1000s from even considering an mmj card. And as a direct result, this keeps anyone of sound mind from investing in a grow/dispensary operation/business. Why should a successful in career, social and family life professional person subject themselves to government records and public admonishment which could bite their ass in the any time to come and risk their careers and all else? The manner in which the state's HHS has set up the application process, the person who is wishing to be a mmj card holder must go thru a process that is not entirely sure, clear or inviting. There's not any doctors in Albuquerque who are willing to subject their practice to the animosity that would come their way should they be willing to recommend medical cannabis. As difficult as it might be to realize there are cannabis users who do not talk the trash as seen far too much on this site and some others. Most are not using cannabis to brag about their growing and latest super Moor bong and hoard of glass pipes. And damn certain most are not wanting any part of the slang words and terms used by the many who think they are so tight and sick in the popularity of it all. Rest assured, the majority do not flaunt their use and take crappy photo shots of their latest bong party or smoke out or grow closets. There are countless more who would be willing at least to try and use medical cannabis if they even knew why they might benefit is doing so. Accept it or not matters not. Most people do not know about medical cannabis and have not even the idea in their heads to even look into it. Should they, then their research will take them into a world of crass, babbling idiots who flaunt their weed and partying as if it was the coolest thing since cell phones and Nintendo's. None of this may be of concern to some, or most, and this is the real shame. So much is clamored about compassion and helpfulness. As much is said about those greedy bastards who dare make a profit off cannabis. And yet, it seems most are content with their own killer grows and wish to do nothing but mouth foul words as they grow their own and get stoned. Are there any representatives from the MMJ/HHS Board on here to provide help, advise, current information and take good suggestions from those who do have something good to add? Any doctors on here who are offering their services to those who would like to have a mmj card? NO. I am considering investing all the money I'll ever have soon, into a grow/dispensary operation business. Being a Veteran on a fixed income and having disabilities, this money due from my vacant land soon is all I have to make a difference for the better in my life. I see my doing so as a way to not only have a better day to day life for myself...but to be in a position to help others as I do. If all I wanted was a fast turn over in profits I could just start dealing as one more ''drug dealer''. We all want to see a positive movement in New Mexico towards opening up not only grow operations and dispensaries, but the general acceptance that is needed to do so. To realize our goals we all have to realize there are many people who are watching us and are making their opinions and judgments by what they see and read on these forums. None of us are perfect so no need to rant some self righteousness diatribe about who does what and who cares. At the very least, the Admin and Mods need to do their jobs and make the forum rules mean something. A good start would be to ban those foul mouthed trouble making trolls who are here to only cause strife, hate and disgust who are generally from other countries. Should there be any real interests in getting a grow op and dispensary open then please let me know. It's going to take alot of planning, legal work, public relations work and start-up costs. I will have the funds soon as my land sells and I'm pretty sure there are others who would like to invest some of their own money, time and/or experience in growing and business savvy to get the cannabis grown and doors opened. Surely there are enough who care enough to make this all happen. Unlike the slobs who open head shops like that trashy excuse of one on Central and Carlisle, or the many on this site who only add stench to an other wise informative and helpful cannabis site.