Updated on January 30, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
New Mexico Department of Health
Medical Cannabis Program
1190 Saint Francis Drive Suite S-3400
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Website: New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program
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.
As legislation changes in New Mexico, check back to this section for information about how those legislative changes will affect the medical marijuana program in New Mexico.
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 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 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.
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”.