New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program. What is it?

    New Mexico Marijuana Laws
    New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program
    New Mexico Department of Health

    The New Mexico Cannabis Program allows for the use of medical marijuana for qualifying patients under New Mexico law. Currently, qualifying medical conditions include autism spectrum disorder, cancer, Crohn’s disease, seizures, glaucoma, HIV/Aids, to name a few. If you don’t have a qualifying medical condition, and your MJ doctor feels your medical condition would benefit from medical cannabis treatment, you may submit a petition for your medical condition to be added to the list of qualifying medical conditions. Petitions must be in a prescribed format, and they must be mailed or hand delivered to the Medical Cannabis Program office. There is a petition review by the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, and they will either recommend the patient for medical marijuana or not. If they do recommend the use of medical marijuana for your condition, the Advisory Board will submit their decision to the Secretary of the Department of Health for consideration. If approved for medical cannabis, the New Mexico Department of Health suggests that you track the cannabis products you use, so you may determine which products work best for you. You may want to share this information with your MJ provider at a follow-up visit, so he or she is aware and can consult with you regarding the effects of the marijuana products you’ve been using. Also please note some MJ doctors offer telemedicine as an appointment option, so if interested, check with your MJ doctor. National Medical Marijuana Services has a patient journal that you may use to track your medical marijuana product experiences. Log in to use it.

    Due to COVID-19, telemedicine is allowed in New Mexico. If interested in telemedicine, contact your MMJ doctor to determine if this is a possibility.




  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease)
  • Anorexia/cachexia
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Cervical dystonia
  • Chronic pain
  • Crohn's disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hospice patients
  • Huntington's disease
  • Intractable nausea/vomiting
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Painful peripheral neuropathy
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Friedreich's Ataxia
  • Inclusion Body Myositis
  • Lewy Body Disease
  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Ulcerative Colitis


Eight ounces of medical cannabis (over a 90-day period)


Yes, 16 plants (four mature, 12 immature)




Yes, primary caregiver is designated by patient’s practitioner as necessary to take responsibility for managing the well-being of a qualified patient with respect to the medical use of cannabis. Primary caregiver must be a resident of New Mexico. The caregiver must be 18 years of age or older.



    New Mexico Medical Marijuana Card - How to apply and get one!

    To obtain a marijuana card in New Mexico, you must submit a Medical Cannabis Program Patient Enrollment form which is only accepted by mail or dropping the form and required documents to the Department of Health. The enrollment form must be completed by your MJ doctor and signed by you as the patient and your MJ doctor. You will need to submit the enrollment form with original signatures. Caregivers must complete and submit the Medical Cannabis Caregiver Application, and the patient’s marijuana doctor needs to, if the caregiver meets certain requirements, complete the Primary Caregiver Medical Certification Form. The MJ doctor must certify that the patient needs assistance in managing their well-being and the caregiver can help the patient with the administration and acquisition of medical cannabis. The caregiver must obtain a medical marijuana card to be able to assist in this manner. The caregiver must also submit a background check report to attach to the caregiver application. The patient and caregiver marijuana cards expire every three years. Your application for renewal should be submitted 30-90 days before your MJ card expires. Every year, a completed Annual Certification Form must be submitted 30 days before the expiration date listed on your marijuana card to continue in the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program. As the patient, you must always carry your marijuana card with you. You may not grow your own medical cannabis even if you have a marijuana card. To grow medical cannabis, you must apply and be approved for a Personal Production License.

    Find a licensed marijuana doctor nearby to get your recommendation for a medical marijuana card.

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    CBD vs THC, Sativa vs Indica. What are my options?

    In New Mexico, medicinal marijuana and low-THC cannabis are available for qualified patients. Each state determines which medical marijuana products are allowable. Legal marijuana products can include vape products, flower, capsules, tinctures, and marijuana CBD oil.

    Find Medical Marijuana Use Registry User information and Instructional Guides. These include general FAQs, approved medical conditions, steps to take to participate in the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program as a patient, registration, and medical marijuana card renewal information.

    New Mexico Department of Health