The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced Wednesday that it is updating its online patient portal to allow medical cannabis patients to access their Patient Identification cards electronically.

The NMDOH updated its patient portal to streamline the application process, provide better assistance for new and returning patients, reduce the use of paper, and be more environmentally friendly, according to a press release.

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Patients using the portal will have a “shorter processing time and the added convenience of not needing to wait for a printed card to arrive in the mail,” NMDOH wrote in the release.

The state’s Medical Cannabis Program can also send messages to patients directly through the portal to help improve communication and service.

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