NM Marijuana Qualification

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

What Ailments Qualify For Medical Cannabis in New Mexico

Patients in New Mexico diagnosed with one of the following severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical conditions, are afforded legal protection under the New Mexico “Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act” and qualify for medical marijuana:

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.

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in New Mexico

On March 13, 2007, Senate Bill 523 was approved effectively removing 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 established a Patient Registry, issuing medical marijuana cards and licenses, to patients, caregivers, and providers.

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How to Become A Medical Marijuana Patient in New Mexico

  1. Patients must be a resident of the state of New Mexico with proof of residency. If you do not have a New Mexico I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc is acceptable.
  2. Patients must obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from his/her primary care physician describing his/her diagnosis. Ensure to bring all records with to the marijuana evaluation appointment – *Learn how to request your medical records
  3. The qualifying patient must have been diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition – *Find a certified medical marijuana physician in New Mexico
    * Please note:
    • If applying under Chronic Pain, the patient MUST have a second certification from a specialist
    • If applying under PTSD, the patient MUST have medical records showing a psychiatrist’s diagnosis
    • If applying under Glaucoma, the patient MUST have medical records showing an ophthalmologist’s diagnosis
    • If applying under Inflammatory Autoimmune-Mediated Arthritis, the patient MUST have a certification from a Rheumatologist
  4. Once the patient has been certified, the patient MUST register with the New Mexico Department of Health to receive a registry identification card. Registration is mandatory in order for patients to ensure protection under New Mexico’s medical marijuana law 

Medical Marijuana Access in New Mexico

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor’s prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.

Under New Mexico medical marijuana law, qualified patients may purchase cannabis from a state-licensed producer and possess up to six ounces of medical cannabis. According to the state’s website, once a patient has been approved, he/she will receive information from the state, with instructions on how to contact licensed New Mexico producers and caregivers.
Patients who choose to cultivate their own medical marijuana must first apply for a license. Before applying, review the licensing requirements for Qualified Personal Production License. Submit a Medical Cannabis Personal Production Application, with a copy of your New Mexico driver’s license or state identification card, and the license application fee of $30.00.

In March 2017, the New Mexico House of Representatives voted to pass a bill that would fund research into the effectiveness of medical cannabis. This could eventually be of major importance to people who meet New Mexico medical marijuana qualifications.

The bill would protect researchers from both criminal liability as well as prosecution, in a manner similar to those that already exist for patients who use medical marijuana as well as doctors and cultivators. University researchers in the state were already prepared to start intensive studies of medicinal pot, and many of them had even procured private funding.

They did not start those studies, however, because they were concerned they would be arrested. It is critical researchers in New Mexico, as well as the rest of the United States, are allowed to conduct cannabis-related studies without fear of prosecution. The reason is as more evidence is accumulated that shows just how effective marijuana actually is as a medicine, more people across the country will accept cannabis. As a result, marijuana could soon be available to many more patients suffering from severe illnesses and conditions.

Please check with MarijuanaDoctors.com often regarding developments that affect patients who meet medical marijuana qualifications in New Mexico. We also provide vital information, such as how to obtain a New Mexico medical marijuana card.

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