February 06, 2013
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Pat Vasquez-Cunningham for the Boston Globe
Willie Ford, president of R. Greenleaf Organics in Albuquerque, inspects marijuana buds in the drying room at the organization's farm.
J. Chris Romero, director of operations at R. Greenleaf Organics, inspected bud development.
The nonprofit medical marijuana business, like others in the state, operates discreetly in an unassuming complex with small display signs.
Ford and Romero inspected bud drying and curing inside a drying room.
Jars filled with marijuana on a shelf at the R. Greenleaf Organics farm.
Ford is careful to call the product medical cannabis, not marijuana.
Romero inspected hash oil at the farm's undisclosed location in New Mexico.
Ford and Romero stood outside the grow rooms at the farm.
Wayne Brown, a farm assistant, processed popcorn buds.
Industry watchers say New Mexico, with one of the country’s strictest medical marijuana programs, provides a model for Massachusetts.
R. Greenleaf's small clinic is on the second floor of a strip mall building. Patients have to show blue registration cards when they enter the small clinic.
Patient Joel White (right) sniffed his medical cannabis order while chatting with Ford at the Albuquerque clinic.