You must meet the New Mexico medical marijuana requirements in order to be eligible for a medical marijuana card in the state. A patient who has been diagnosed with any of the qualifying medical conditions is legally protected under the New Mexico Medical Marijuana Law, as per the Senate Bill 523 (PDF). A patient suffering from one of the following life-threatening, debilitating or otherwise severe conditions listed below and who have not responded to traditional medical treatments, might qualify for Medical Marijuana treatment in New Mexico:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
- Hepatitis C
- Huntington’s Disease
- Terminal Illness
- Inclusion body myositis
- Inflammatory autoimmune-mediated arthritis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord
- Pain (chronic or severe)
- Painful peripheral neuropathy
- Parkinson’s disease
- Patients in hospice care
- Spasmodic torticollis
- Ulcerative colitis
Information about the New Mexico Medical Marijuana Program
- To enroll in the program the patient must be eighteen (18) years or older. A patient younger than eighteen (18) years of age must have a legal guardian or custodial parent registered as their designated ‘Approved Caregiver’.
- The patient must be a resident in the state of New Mexico and provide proof of residency either in the form of a state issued ID card or a State Driver’s License.
* If the patient does not have a valid state issued ID card or Driver’s license, a U.S passport along with a document that serves as a proof of address such as a bank statement or utility bill might be accepted.
- The patient must obtain an evaluation from a certified practitioner within the state, and be diagnosed with one or more of the qualifying medical conditions listed above.
- After the patient has received the recommendation from their physician, the patient must submit an application for a New Mexico Medical Marijuana ID Card in order to be approved for the New Mexico Medical Marijuana Program. All applications must be submitted online. You must submit your application with the New Mexico Department of Health Patient Registry.
* Please note: Before submitting an application, the patient should first consider if they will need to designate a caregiver. The patient must indicate whether they wish to designate a caregiver or file a request to cultivate, during the application process.
* Please note: If the patient has designated a caregiver, a Caregiver Application must also be submitted. Please read carefully any caregiver-specific application instructions.
* Please note: If the patient chooses to register a designated caregiver for the purpose of cultivating, the patient may not cultivate their own marijuana plants.
- Once the application process is complete and if your application is approved, you will receive your Medical Marijuana ID Card (Patient License). The Medical Marijuana Card will be mailed to your address as listed in your application.
Once you have received your Medical Marijuana Card, you will be able to purchase approved Medical Marijuana products.
Accessing Medical Marijuana in New Mexico
Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug by the federal government, which means that doctors cannot prescribe this drug to their patients because marijuana prescriptions are illegal. Therefore, patients cannot fill a prescription for medical marijuana at a local pharmacy in the traditional way, but must instead obtain a recommendation from a certified medical marijuana doctor that will supply the patient with medical marijuana from a dispensary, in compliance with the law of the state. A dispensary is considered by law to be a different kind of establishment to an ordinary pharmacy, this means that regular prescriptions cannot be filled at a dispensary.
Once you have obtained your Medical Marijuana ID Card, you may purchase your medical marijuana from a certified dispensary.
* Only qualified patients or designated caregivers may possess no more than six (6) ounces of medical marijuana at any given time, and must purchase their medical marijuana products at an approved nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary.You must bring your Medical Marijuana ID Card and one more form of photo ID when purchasing medicine from a dispensary.
* If you seek to cultivate your own Medical Marijuana you must apply for a license before doing so. You can find more information about the requirements for licensing at New Mexico Department of Health Medical Marijuana Program.
* Minor Patients must be supervised by their designated caregiver or guardian when purchasing their medicine at a dispensary. Caregivers and Guardians must provide proof of ID when accompanying the Minor Patient.
For more information, please visit New Mexico Department of Health Medical Cannabis Program.