Updated on December 14, 2021. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Shatha Atiya.
When applying for the NM medical marijuana card, individuals must register as patients with the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program (MCP). But, patients can only register with the MCP after an NM cannabis doctor certifies them for medical marijuana. Later, certified patients can complete their application on the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program Patient Portal.
This page contains all the relevant information patients should know about the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program. After reviewing the contents of this page, you will understand what the New Mexico MCP expects from applying patients. Additionally, this information should make the New Mexico medical marijuana card application simple and straightforward. You can start your New Mexico medical card application today by booking an appointment with an NM MMJ doctor near you.
How do I get medical marijuana through the New Mexico Cannabis Program?
To get medical marijuana through the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program, a medical marijuana doctor in NM must first certify you for medical marijuana. Then, you must register as a patient on the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program Patient Portal and apply for a medical marijuana card. If the MCP approves your application, you will get a New Mexico medical card that will enable you to lawfully buy, use, and possess medical cannabis in the state.
It is worth noting that New Mexico requires patients to have an in-person appointment with their cannabis doctors during their initial evaluation.
An in-person consultation with an NM MMJ doctor is easy and affordable through QuickMedCards. Simply fill out the information form to create your account. Then, pick a convenient time for your appointment with an NM MMJ doctor near you. After attending your consultation, which may take 10 to 15 minutes, our cannabis doctor will provide a marijuana certification if you qualify.
You should note that physicians only certify individuals suffering from one of the qualifying conditions for a medical card in New Mexico. So, if your illness is not a New Mexico medical cannabis qualifying condition, it is unlikely that a medical marijuana doctor will approve medical cannabis as a form of treatment. Usually, the doctor will consider cannabis treatment if you’re suffering from either:
- A chronic medical condition that is normally treated with a prescription medication that could lead to physical or psychological dependence.
- A chronic medical condition that causes severe, debilitating psychiatric disorders.
See the complete list of qualifying conditions for a medical card in New Mexico.
Registering for the New Mexico Cannabis Program
As mentioned earlier, a cannabis doctor must certify you for medical marijuana before registering as a patient with the New Mexico Cannabis Program. Once you get your complete marijuana certification, visit the New Mexico MCP Patient Portal and start your medical card application.
Besides your marijuana certification, there are a few other New Mexico medical marijuana card requirements you must satisfy for a successful application. For instance:
- Adult patients must be at least 18 years old to apply.
- Minor patients must have a caregiver such as their parents apply on their behalf. Additionally, caregivers must provide a completed Medical Power of Attorney or legal guardianship document to indicate legal authority when applying for the New Mexico medical card on behalf of minor patients.
- You must be a New Mexico resident with proof of residency.
- All patients must pay the $50 state application fee.
Also, out-of-state patients can use MMJ cards issued by their home state to buy medical marijuana in New Mexico.
Which documents do I need to register for the New Mexico Cannabis Program?
You must provide the following documents when applying for your New Mexico medical marijuana card online:
- Photo identification. For example:
- New Mexico photo ID
- New Mexico driver’s License
- Temporary NM photo ID or driver’s license
- A marijuana certification from an NM MMJ doctor.
- A copy of a one-page clinic note; related to the qualifying condition.
- A completed Medical Power of Attorney or Legal Guardianship Paperwork to indicate legal authority (For patients under 18)
- A birth certificate (For patients under 18).
How do I apply for a card in New Mexico?
New Mexico recently introduced the Medical Cannabis Patient Portal, allowing patients to apply for the medical marijuana card online. To apply for the New Mexico medical card:
- Book an appointment with a licensed NM MMJ doctor.
- Attend your in-person consultation.
- Get certified for medical marijuana.
- Visit the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program Patient Portal and create your account.
- Login to your account and complete your New Mexico medical card application.
- Pay the $50 state application fee.
- Receive your New Mexico medical card.
Also, patients can mail or physically submit their applications to the New Mexico Department Health Medical Cannabis Program.
When did the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program start?
In 1978, New Mexico ventured into unchartered territory when it became the first state to pass legislation allowing the medical use of cannabis. But, it wasn’t until 2007, with the passing of the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act, that New Mexico finally legalized medical marijuana. The purpose was to enable the beneficial use of medical marijuana to relieve symptoms caused by debilitating conditions and their medical treatment in a controlled environment. As a result, the Medical Cannabis Program (MCP), overseen by the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), was established. Afterward, the NMDOH promulgated the rules of the MCP in 2008 and further revised those rules in 2010.
Contact details for the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program
State Jurisdiction: New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), Medical Cannabis Program
Medical Cannabis Program
New Mexico Dept. of Health
PO Box 26110
Santa Fe, NM 87502
Website: New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program
Guidelines For Medical Cannabis Patients in New Mexico
Although a New Mexico medical marijuana card provides legal protection to patients when handling medical cannabis, there are still rules a patient must follow; or their status as an approved patient may fail to protect them from prosecution or arrest. Some of the New Mexico medical marijuana laws include:
- Approved patients may not exceed the legal possession limit of 8 ounces of flower or bud.
- Although patients with a Personal Production License (PPL) can plant marijuana for their use, they may not grow more than 16 plants, with a maximum of 4 mature flowering plants at any given time.
- Patients and primary caregivers may not sell medical marijuana to other patients or primary caregivers, but they can transfer up to 2 ounces of marijuana.
- Approved patients cannot use medical cannabis at a public park, recreation center, workplace, or any other public places.
- Finally, patients cannot operate a vehicle while under the influence of cannabis.
New Mexico Marijuana Dispensaries
There are many marijuana dispensaries in New Mexico where patients can buy medicinal cannabis. Albuquerque and Santa Fe naturally represent the most dispensary-populated areas, with over 45 marijuana dispensaries in Albuquerque and 13 in Santa Fe.
Find out if there is a New Mexico marijuana dispensary near you on the map of licensed New Mexico Medical Cannabis dispensaries.
Common Questions About the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program
Below are answers to common questions patients have about the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program.