Qualifying Conditions for a Medical Marijuana Card in New Mexico
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:
- Adult patients must be at least 18 years of age.
- Minor (under 18 years of age) patients may qualify, but a designated and registered caregiver must apply on their behalf.
- Only residents of New Mexico qualify for the medical card.
- 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)
- Anxiety Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Crohn’s Disease
- Damage to the Nervous Tissue of the Spinal Cord (with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity)
- Epilepsy/Seizure Disorder
- Friedreich’s Ataxia
- Hepatitis C
- Hospice Care
- Huntington’s disease
- Inclusion Body Myositis
- Inflammatory Autoimmune-mediated Arthritis
- Intractable Nausea/Vomiting
- Lewy Body Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- 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
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:
- First, schedule an appointment with a medical cannabis doctor in NM to get certified for medical marijuana.
- Attend your online marijuana evaluation via video call. If approved, you will receive a signed marijuana certification.
- Next, create your account on the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Division Online Portal.
- Complete the New Mexico medical marijuana card application on the portal and upload the required documents.
- Wait five (5) business days for the Department to review your application.
- Receive your electronic med card.
Which information is required for the New Mexico medical card application?
When applying for the New Mexico medical marijuana card, you must enter the following information to complete your application:
1. Verify the information entered by your NM cannabis doctor.
2. Mailing address. (If not included by your MMJ doctor)
3. Upload a copy of your state-issued identification. For example:
- New Mexico driver’s license
- New Mexico ID
- Temporary New Mexico ID
Common Questions about New Mexico Medical Card Requirements
Below are the answers to common questions patients have about the New Mexico medical card requirements.
Does chronic pain qualify as a condition in New Mexico?
Yes. You can get medical cannabis for chronic pain because it is one of the qualifying conditions for a medical card in New Mexico.
Pain is considered chronic if it has been lasting for 3 months or longer.
Can you get a medical card for anxiety in New Mexico?
Yes. You can get a medical card for anxiety in New Mexico.
On December 17, 2022, the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Board agreed to include anxiety as one of the qualifying conditions for a medical card in NM. So, from January 1, 2023, residents of New Mexico can get a medical card for anxiety.
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