New Mexico Medical Marijuana

Updated on May 26, 2020.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

New Mexico Medical Marijuana Program: Contact Details

New Mexico Department of Health
Medical Cannabis Program
1190 Saint Francis Drive Suite 200
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: (505) 827-2321
WebsiteNew Mexico Medical Cannabis Program

New Mexico Medical Marijuana Program: Information

  1. Patient must be eighteen (18) years of age. If patient is under eighteen (18) years of age, patient must designate a Caregiver.
  2. Patient must provide copy of New Mexico State ID.
  3. Patient must be evaluated, in person, by a certified physician. Physicians establish a bonafide patient relationship.
  4. Patient must be diagnosed with a Qualifying Condition.
  5. Patient must submit application to New Mexico Department of Health Medical Cannabis Program.
    • There is no charge to apply. There is a $50.00 fee for replacement card.
  6. If approved, patient will receive their Patient ID Card.

Recent Legislation Changes

Note from State, on sources for medical marijuana

“Currently, there are 23 independent Licensed Nonprofit Producers (LNPP). These are the agencies where those actively enrolled in the program purchase product. The NM Department of health does not provide medical cannabis or set the prices. Patients must contact each LNPP directly to initiate the registration process. Questions regarding the LNPP should be directed to each LNPP separately, and not to the NMDOH Medical Cannabis Program,” Medical Cannabis List of Licensed Non-Profit Producers [Accessed February 29, 2016]

The New Mexico Patient Registry is free. The New Mexico Marijuana Registry is mandatory and does NOT accept other state’s registry cards.

The New Mexico medical marijuana program was born on March 13, 2007, Senate Bill 523 “The Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act”, was approved by the House 36-31 and the Senate 32-3, effective July 01, 2007.

Senate Bill 523 effectively removed all state-level criminal penalties on the use and possession of marijuana by patients “in a regulated system for alleviating symptoms caused by debilitating medical conditions and their medical treatments”. The New Mexico Department of Health has been tasked with administering the program and registering patients, caregivers, and providers.

New Mexico now issues medical marijuana cards to residents of other states based on Judicial ruling

Added conditions: Alzheimer’s Disease, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fredreich’s Ataxia, Lewy Body Disease, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, opioid use disorder, Spinal Muscular Atrophy

New Mexico Medical Marijuana Program: Possession and Cultivation Regulations

New Mexico patients are legally allowed to possess up to eight ounces of “usable” cannabis over a period of 90 days and a maximum of four mature plants and twelve seedlings. The state defines “usable” cannabis as dried leaves and flowers — seeds, stalks and roots are not included. Primary caregivers may not grow for more than 4 qualified patients.

As of this writing, cannabis producers providing medical marijuana in New Mexico could grow no more than 450 plants. However, in February 2017, a bill passed the state Senate that would allow producers to grow more plants as the number of patients participating in the program increases.

One driving factor behind the proposed cultivation expansion is that the New Mexico medical marijuana program is growing much faster than originally planned. According to a Feb. 14, 2017, article in the Santa Fe New Mexican, there were nearly 33,000 medical marijuana patients in the state. This, according to the article, is three times the number of patients than in 2014.

New Mexico Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Services Online

New Mexico marijuana doctors please be advised, you may now provide medical marijuana telemedicine services online, giving patients the ability to now see a marijuana doctor online and in real-time, via the medical marijuana telemedicine portal, provided that the medical marijuana telemedicine doctor first establish a bonafide relationship with a patient in-person, after which all follow-up visits may be conducted using medical marijuana telemedicine services, online.

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The State of New Mexico has a legalized medical marijuana program, which allows patients to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from a certified physician, and apply for a state-issued New Mexico Medical Marijuana Card, permitting the patient to purchase marijuana for medicinal use, as per New Mexico state guidelines.

Since the New Mexico medical marijuana program is still changing their laws and new New Mexico medical marijuana laws are being enacted on a regular basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the New Mexico medical marijuana program. Please click a corresponding link to find out more about New Mexico’s Medical Marijuana Program. We have compiled the following New Mexico medical marijuana index of information to serve as a medical library to our users for legal reference of New Mexico’s laws, guidelines and program details regarding medical cannabis use in New Mexico.

Please note: In order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services and/or department of justice. For a comprehensive list of New Mexico’s qualifying medical marijuana conditions, please visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under “legal states”.


A bill that passed the state Senate in 2017 would expand the qualifying conditions to include substance abuse disorder. Patients suffering from a wide range of conditions are currently eligible. These include: provides comprehensive information on who qualifies for New Mexico medical marijuana, and we will update this section as more conditions are added.

Medical Marijuana Laws

Although many states have decriminalized possession of small amounts of weed, New Mexico is not one of them. Having as little as an ounce can result in a jail term of 15 days as well as a fine of up to $100.

There was an effort in the state legislature to decriminalize pot in 2015, but the measure died after the House refused to take a vote on it. Voters in two counties, Bernalillo and Santa Fe, voted in support of decriminalization in 2014.

Legislators introduced a bill during the 2017 session to legalize marijuana for recreational use, citing the fact that New Mexico residents routinely go to neighboring Colorado (where recreational use of cannabis is legal) and bring weed back into the state. Our section on New Mexico’s marijuana laws provides further information.

Medical Marijuana Card

In order to be eligible for a medical marijuana card in New Mexico, a doctor must not only certify that a patient has a qualifying condition, but he or she must also certify that the condition is debilitating. In addition, the doctor must certify that the patient cannot benefit from traditional treatment methods and that the benefits of cannabis will outweigh the disadvantages for that patient.

If a patient wishes to use medical cannabis due to chronic pain, he or she will not only need a recommendation from a family doctor, but also from a specialist. Our section on obtaining a New Mexico marijuana card provides more information.

Medical Marijuana Facts

One of the more interesting – and also unfortunate – aspects of the laws governing the use of medical marijuana in New Mexico is that landlords are not required to accommodate a tenant’s use of medicinal weed. As a result, if you are renting an apartment and your landlord knows you take medical weed, he or she has the legal right to evict you.

In addition, out-of-state residents are not afforded legal protection for possessing medical pot. Check out our New Mexico medical marijuana facts section to learn more.

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Finally, a helpful & informative website! answered all of my medical marijuana questions and helped me schedule an appointment with an accredited doctor in my area.~Susan - Denver, CO