About Cannabis in New Mexico
New Mexico’s medical cannabis program dates back to 2004, offering residents of the Land of Enchantment very needed relief from specific medical conditions. The state is diligent in keeping data on residents enrolled in the program, reporting monthly the changes in condition counts and active patients.
As of July 2020, the New Mexico Department of Health reported that there are currently 92,295 active patients and 8,005 personal production license (PPL) card holders. Based on the most current data, PTSD, severe chronic pain, and cancer are the top three conditions, collectively equaling more than 85,000 of the registered patients.
The state is so serious about the program that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is seeking opinion on the recreational use of cannabis and if it would be good for the state. An email blast from her campaign website announced that she was going to “chat through some big ideas,” reports Santa Fe Mexican news source.
Some of those big ideas will bring in big numbers, according to the state leader. “Legalizing cannabis would be a net benefit to New Mexico and transform the lives of so many people in this state,” the governor wrote in the email. “We can create a huge economic opportunity for New Mexico communities — but I want to make sure we get this right, which is why I’m turning to you for advice.”
While gathering advice, Gov. Lujan Grisham is surely setting the stage for an even more permissible cannabis market, making access for patients even easier.
Patient Qualifying Conditions and Cost
New Mexico has almost 30 qualifying conditions that make residents eligible for the medical cannabis program. The qualifying conditions include:
Lastly, the New Mexico Department of Health permits physician recommendations regarding unlisted conditions, reporting, “If your patient does not have a qualifying condition and you feel they would benefit from the medical use of cannabis, that person can petition the Medical Advisory Board to add their condition to the current list.”
Along with having one or more of the qualifying conditions, an eligible patient must also be able to prove they are a New Mexico resident by providing a current driver’s license or state identification card. Additionally, the patient must be at least 18-years-old. If a patient is younger, a legal guardian or parent can register for them.
Unlike most states, New Mexico does not charge an annual card registration fee, providing the service gratis.
Consumption of Medical Marijuana
Under the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act, the state’s Medical Cannabis Program does not allow patients or caregivers to consume or possess medical marijuana in the following areas:
- In a school bus or public vehicle
- On school grounds or property
- In the workplace of the qualified patient’s or primary caregiver’s employment
- A public park, recreation center, youth center or other public places.
Caregivers in New Mexico
Like a patient, a caregiver must also be able to prove they are a New Mexico resident by providing a current driver’s license or state identification card. A caregiver must also undergo a background check, proving they have never been convicted of a felony. There is no annual registration fee to become a caregiver in New Mexico.
Possession and Cultivation of Medical Marijuana in New Mexico
The state of New Mexico allows medical cannabis program patients to both possess a certain amount of cannabis in several forms or cultivate it with a Personal Production License (PPL). If purchasing cannabis, a patient is allowed to have up to 230 units/8 ounces over a three-month period. In the state program guide, New Mexico breaks down the amount in detail based on the form including chocolate bars, capsules, tincture oil, and wax.
“All items from an approved dispensary should be labeled with the total amount of THC and number of units,” according to the New Mexico Department of Health. If a caregiver or patient applies for a PPL and is approved, they are permitted to cultivate up to 12 mature plants and four seedings.
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s simple. Use the form at the top of this page to begin the process, and Veriheal will begin setting you up with a physician who can evaluate your health and confirm your condition.
The cost for the medical marijuana evaluation with Veriheal is $199. If you are not approved, we will refund you in full.
No, the state does not offer any physician referrals, which is why Veriheal has set up shop in the Land of Enchantment to assist residents who wish to apply for a medical cannabis card.
Yes, chronic pain is a qualifying condition.
Yes, to be approved for a medical cannabis license in New Mexico, an applicant must provide either a state license or identification card to prove their residency.
That depends on the state you are visiting, which is why it is important to contact the region in order to find out the medical cannabis rules and regulations.
From start to finish, the medical evaluation takes approximately 10-15 minutes.
If you are not approved, then your consultation is free. Veriheal has a network of highly qualified medical practitioners who are willing to evaluate any patient for medical cannabis. We have a very high approval rate; however, if you are not approved, you are refunded in full.