Qualifying Conditions for a Medical Card in New Mexico

At the moment, there are 28 qualifying conditions for a medical card in New Mexico. They include:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease (IBD)
  • Damage to the Nervous Tissue of the Spinal Cord (with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity)
  • Epilepsy/Seizure Disorder
  • Friedreich’s Ataxia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C Infection currently receiving antiviral therapy
  • Hospice Care
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Inclusion Body Myositis
  • Inflammatory autoimmune-mediated Arthritis
  • Intractable Nausea/Vomiting
  • Lewy Body Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Painful Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Severe Anorexia/Cachexia
  • Severe Chronic Pain
  • Spasmodic Torticollis (Cervical Dystonia)
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Ulcerative Colitis (IBD)

It’s noteworthy that for patients who do not have any qualifying conditions if their doctor believes they might benefit from medicinal cannabis, they can petition the Medical Advisory Board to add their condition to the current list.

New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program

When applying for a New Mexico medical card for the first time, your medical evaluation must be done in person. Even so, this shouldn’t deter patients from applying for the state’s medical cannabis program.

  1. The first step is booking an appointment with a qualified marijuana doctor in Albuquerque, NM with QuickMedCards.
  2. Once the appointment time is set, patients should download, print out and complete the New and Returning Medical Cannabis Patient Application before their appointment.
  3. If the patient is approved for medicinal cannabis, the cannabis doctor will sign their New and Returning Medical Cannabis Patient Application.
  4. Next, the qualifying patient will attach the required documents and either drop off the application or mail it to the Department of Health Medical Cannabis Program.

The Mailing Address is:

Department of Health
Medical Cannabis Program
1190 S St. Francis Dr., PO Box 26110
Santa Fe, NM 87502-6110

The Drop Off is:

Department of Health
Medical Cannabis Program
1474 Rodeo Road, Suite 200
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Learn more on how to get a medical card in New Mexico.

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New Mexico Medical Card Requirements:

  1. Patients must be at least 18 years old. If the patient is under 18 they may qualify as a minor but, their parents or legal guardians must apply on their behalf as their registered designated caregivers.
  2. The patient must be diagnosed with one or more of the qualifying conditions for a medical card in New Mexico. Plus, they must have a physically signed New and Returning Medical Cannabis Patient Application.

What documents do I need to submit?

New Mexico qualifying patients must ensure they attach the following documents when sending or dropping off their applications:

  1.  A filled out and complete New and Returning Medical Cannabis Patient Application. (Filled and signed by you and your doctor)
  2. A clear (face visible) copy of your New Mexico Photo ID or New Mexico Driver’s License. (Temporary NM Photo IDs and Driver’s License are accepted)
  3. A copy of a one-page clinic note related to the qualifying condition.
  4. A completed Medical Cannabis Caregiver Application (For caregivers)
  5. A completed Medical Power of Attorney or Legal Guardianship Paperwork to indicate legal authority (For qualifying patients under 18)
  6. A birth certificate. (For minors)

How much is a medical card in New Mexico?

Unlike most states, New Mexico doesn’t have a fee for its medical marijuana card. However, patients will pay consultation fees to their certifying doctor. Fees usually vary but QuickMedCards has a reputation of being the cheapest place to get a medical card in Albuquerque, New Mexico at $124.

Where to get medical marijuana in New Mexico?

Approved New Mexico patients with a medical card have the option of buying medical marijuana from licensed marijuana dispensaries in NM or planting cannabis.

However, to plant cannabis, patients must apply and get approved for a Personal Production License (PPL). Also, the PPL is accompanied by an annual $30 fee.

Patients in the New Mexico medical cannabis program can buy at most 230 units of cannabis and/or cannabis products over a rolling three-month period (or 90 days). Also, patients have access to dried flower and many other products like edibles, tinctures, and topicals.

Also important, patients should carry their NM medical card and one form of photo ID when going to the dispensary to buy medical cannabis. Underage 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.

Contact the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program:

Physical Address:
Medical Cannabis Program
1474 Rodeo Rd., Suite 200
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Mailing address:
Department of Health
Medical Cannabis Program
PO Box 26110
Santa Fe, NM, 87502-6110

Phone: 505-827-2321

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://www.nmhealth.org/about/mcp/svcs/