Qualifying Conditions for a Medical Marijuana Card in New Mexico

Updated on December 16, 2022. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Shatha Atiya.

Only patients diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions for a medical card in New Mexico have access to medical cannabis in the state. To verify that a patient indeed suffers from a qualifying condition, the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program requires patients to obtain a recommendation from a registered medical marijuana doctor in the state.

This page highlights the qualifying conditions in addition to other New Mexico medical marijuana card requirements. After going over this page, you will find out whether you are eligible for medicinal cannabis in NM. If you meet all the conditions, you can schedule an appointment with a medical marijuana doctor in New Mexico and get certified for medical marijuana. With your cannabis certification, you can apply for a New Mexico medical card.

New Mexico Medical Card Requirements – Am I eligible?

Being diagnosed with either of the qualifying conditions is not all it takes to obtain a medical marijuana card in New Mexico. Other New Mexico medical marijuana requirements include:

  1. Adult patients must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Minor (under 18 years of age) patients may qualify, but a designated and registered caregiver must apply on their behalf.
  3. Only residents of New Mexico qualify for the medical card.
  4. All applicants must obtain a signed marijuana certification from a cannabis doctor in New Mexico.

To get medical cannabis in New Mexico, an MMJ doctor must certify that you suffer from one of the qualifying medical conditions mentioned below.

The Qualifying Conditions for a Medical Card In New Mexico include:

Alzheimer’s Disease

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)


Autism Spectrum Disorder


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


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)

I Meet the New Mexico Medical Card Requirements – What’s next?

After confirming that you meet all the New Mexico medical marijuana card requirements, this is how to go about the online application process:

  1. First, schedule an appointment with a medical cannabis doctor in NM to get certified for medical marijuana.
  2. Attend your online marijuana evaluation via video call. If approved, you will receive a signed marijuana certification.
  3. Next, create your account on the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Medical Cannabis Program Online Portal.
  4. Complete the New Mexico medical marijuana card application on the portal and upload the required documents.
  5. Wait for the Department to review your application. 
  6. Get your New Mexico medical card in the mail after approval.

Alternatively, you can drop off or mail your application to the NMDOH Medical Cannabis Program, although that could make the application lengthy. To proceed with the offline application:

  1. Print out the Medical Cannabis Patient Application Form and fill out the required information.
  2. Book an appointment with an NM MMJ doctor and have them complete the Medical Provider Section on the application form.
  3. Next, attach a copy of your New Mexico driver’s license or New Mexico photo ID plus a one-page clinical note (from the medical marijuana doctor)
  4. Finally, drop off your application at:

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

Or mail it to:

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

Find out more about the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program here.

Which documents are required for the New Mexico Medical Card application?

When applying for the New Mexico medical marijuana card, you must submit the following documents to complete your application:

  1.  A Medical Cannabis Program Patient Application. (Filled and signed by you and an NM MMJ doctor)
  2. A clear copy of your New Mexico Photo ID or New Mexico Driver’s License. (Temporary NM Photo IDs and Driver’s Licenses are accepted)
  3. A copy of a one-page clinic note; related to the qualifying condition.
  4. A complete 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)

Common questions about New Mexico medical card requirements

Below are the answers to common questions patients have about the New Mexico medical card requirements.