How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card In New Mexico

The Complete Guide

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card In New Mexico

If you live in New Mexico and are in need for a medical marijuana card, then this comprehensive guide is for you.

Here’s All You Need to Know:

As a Resident of New Mexico, The Process is As Follows:

1. The first step to getting a medical marijuana card in the state of New Mexico is to obtain your medical records and get a signed physician’s statement from a doctor, licensed to practice medicine in New Mexico.

Please note, to get a Medical Marijuana Card you MUST be a resident of the state. You will need to provide proof of residency, for example, a New Mexico I.D, passport or another photo I.D, with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc is acceptable.

If you are from another state it is possible to get a medical card, but it is decided on a case by case basis, by New Mexico’s Department of Health. In most cases, they do NOT accept other state’s registry cards, so don’t have high hopes.

2. Once you have your document from a certified physician, you must register with the New Mexico Department of Health to receive a registry identification card.

For further information feel free to contact the New Mexico Department of Heath

Medical Cannabis Program
1190 Saint Francis Drive Suite S-3400
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: 505-827-2321
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://[email protected]/

What are the Costs Involved?

The New Mexico Patient Registry is free and can be done through the following form 

Those who wish to cultivate their own medical marijuana, must first apply for a license — complete and submit a Medical Cannabis Personal Production Application, along with with a copy of your New Mexico driver’s license or state identification card, and the license application fee of $30.00

What are Conditions Required to Receive a Medical Marijuana Card?

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.

To qualify, a patient needs to be diagnosed by a physician as having one of the following debilitating medical conditions that is specifically identified in the law:

  • Severe chronic pain
  • Painful peripheral neuropathy
  • Intractable nausea/vomiting
  • Severe anorexia/cachexia
  • Hepatitis C infection currently receiving antiviral treatment
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with intractable spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Hospice patients
  • Inflammatory Autoimmune-mediated Arthritis

Please note:

  1. If applying under Chronic Pain, the patient MUST have a second certification from a specialist
  2. If applying under PTSD, the patient MUST have medical records showing a psychiatrist’s diagnosis
  3. If applying under Glaucoma, the patient MUST have medical records showing an ophthalmologist’s diagnosis
  4. If applying under Inflammatory Autoimmune-Mediated Arthritis, the patient MUST have a certification from a Rheumatologist

New Mexico Laws

As of now, those found with marijuana will be subjected to incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000, considering the amount found during possession is under 8 oz. Those found with more than 8 oz. will be subject to serious jail time (felony) and a fine of $5000 or more.

By enrolling and receiving approval by the state of New Mexico you will be permitted:

  • Possession of an adequate supply: a maximum quantity of no more than 230 units (approximately eight ounces) over a three-month period.
  • The right to purchase from a Licensed Non-Profit Producer
  • Right to obtain a Personal Production License (PPL), which will grant you permission to grow a total of 12 seedlings, including male and female plants.

How to Renew Your Medical Marijuana Card?

The process is similar to those applying for the first time. To renew your card you are required to submit an application 60 days prior to the expiration of your card. All cards are processed in the order they are received by the state.

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Can I use Medical Marijuana Anywhere?

It is important to remember that when smoking in public, it may be assumed that you are using it for recreational use, which is illegal on a Federal Level. It is advised to consume your medicine responsibly, in the safety of your home or a private residence.

Furthermore, No. NM Stat 26-2B-5 (2013) states that enrollees participation in the medical cannabis program does not relieve enrollees from criminal prosecution for certain activities. These
include: any activities not authorized under this rule and act, any false presentation about
enrollment to a law enforcement official to avoid arrest or prosecution, use of product

1) In a school bus
2) On school grounds or property
3) In the workplace of the qualified patient
4) At a public park, recreation center, youth center, or other public places
5) Transfer or distribution of product to anybody not authorized under this rule
6) Outside New Mexico or attempts to transfer product outside State lines
7) That exceeds the allotted amount of usable cannabis

Can I Consume Cannabis in My Car?

No. This would be considered a public place and would be prohibited under 26-2B-5 (4)

Can I take My Meds to a Different State?


Medical marijuana patients may face federal and local charges of transporting marijuana if they cross state lines with the drug. This is true even if the states between which they are traveling allow medical marijuana. Should you need to travel with your marijuana it would be best to contact the state’s Bureau of health to understand the exact laws of the state you are traveling to in order to not risk breaking the law.

How Much Should I consume?

We are not doctors or physicians, and therefore you should always consult with a professional before using.

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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card In New Mexico
March 19, 2017
  1. Adrian G Duran

    Important facts

  2. Tom Kay

    If i obtain a residency marijuana card, own a home in N. Mexico but live in another state for more than 6 months, will i be subject to N. Mexico personal income tax?

  3. Shirley Turner

    Tried to cure the severe chronic pain by using the medical card and had successful results

  4. Jo

    if yout get a med card can you still own firearms?

  5. Victoria Stamper

    What will happen if I smoke marijuana in a public place? Please let me know as I smoked it out in the street?

  6. Jonathan Jones

    Extremely helpful and very comprehensive. Thank you for this guide.

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