Medical Marijuana in New Mexico
In 2007, Governor Bill Richardson signed Senate Bill 523 into law, which removed state level penalties on the use of medical marijuana. Under the medical marijuana law, patients certified by the state shall be allowed to use state authorized distribution centers to obtain medical cannabis.
Under New Mexico’s medical marijuana law, patients may be recommended marijuana for the following conditions:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Severe or chronic pain
- Painful peripheral neuropathy
- Intractable nausea/vomiting
- Severe anorexia/cachexia
- Hepatitis C
- Crohn’s Disease
- Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with intractable spasticity
- Hospice patients
- Inflammatory autoimmune-mediated arthritis
How to Apply For a Medical Marijuana Card in New Mexico
To apply for a New Mexico Medical Marijuana Card, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must be a resident of New Mexico
- You must obtain a copy of your medical records, which indicate that you have been diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition
- You must receive written documentation from your physician, which suggests that you may benefit from the use of medical marijuana
You need to complete the entire Participant Application Form. Take care in making sure it is completely filled out, including the sections that must be filled out by your doctor.
Then, make a copy of your NM ID card and submit it, along with the application to the New Mexico Department of Health to receive a registry identification card.
Department of Health
1190 St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87502
Patients in the state of New Mexico must annually renew medical marijuana recommendations, and then resubmit paperwork to get a patient card.