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Qualifying for a Medical Marijuana Card in New Mexico

Once you have registered with Leafwell and been approved by one of our medical marijuana doctors online, apply to the state medical marijuana program. Receive your MMJ card and start shopping for your medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary.

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  1. Step 1 in the process of medical marijuana qualification

    See a doctor, get approved and receive certification.

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  3. Step 3 for Getting a Medical Card

    It can take up to 35 days for approval and your card will come in the mail. i

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Qualifying Conditions

Common conditions cannabis recommended for include

  • AIDS/HIV (positive status)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), aka Lou Gehrig's Disease
  • Anorexia
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer or the treatment of this condition (including side-effects of chemotherapy)
  • Chronic Pain - 2 recs required
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with Intractable Spasticity
  • Epilepsy and disorders that can cause seizures
  • Glaucoma - 2 recs required
  • Hepatitis C (Currently Receiving Antiviral Treatment)
  • Huntington's Disease (HD)
  • Inclusion Body Myositis
  • Inflammatory Autoimmune-Mediated Arthritis/Rheumatoid Arthritis - 2 recs required
  • Intractable Nausea/Vomiting
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson's Disease (PD)
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - 2 recs required
  • Psoriasis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Torticollis/Cervical Dystonia
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Anyone in Hospice Care
  • Any Terminal Illness
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Frequently Asked Questions

New Mexico Medical Marijuana Laws – History and Overview

2007 – “The Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act” is approved, removing state-level penalties for those who need to use marijuana for medical purposes. This established a Patient Registry Program.

Home cultivation of up to 16 plants (4 mature, 12 immature) may be grown if patient has the appropriate license.

Qualifying patients may carry up to 8 ounces of cannabis for their own personal use.

Dispensaries are operational.

Patients must be aged 18 or over in order to apply and qualify for medical marijuana for themselves.

As of 1st July, 2020, New Mexico has reciprocity with other medical marijuana states. Those with a valid MMJ card and recommendation/certificate can now use their medical marijuana ID card to purchase at a licensed New Mexico dispensary.

Those without a medical marijuana card and in possession of 1 ounce or less may get up to 15 days’ incarceration and/or a fine of $100. A second offense could bring up to one year imprisonment and a $1,000 fine (same with possessing between 1 and less than 8 ounces). These are all misdemeanors.

Possession of 8 ounces or more is a felony, and carries with it up to 1.5 years incarceration and/or a fine of $5,000. This is similar to distribution of 100 pounds or less of cannabis for a first offense.

Cultivation of any amount without a license is a felony, with 9 years incarceration and a $10,000 fine. Sentence and fine is doubled for any subsequent offenses, or if within a school zone.

Possession of hash or concentrates is a misdemeanor, and can land one in jail for up to 1 year and a $1,000 fine. Distributing or making hash or concentrates is a felony, with up to 3 years’ imprisonment and a $5,000 fine.

Possessing or distributing paraphernalia is a misdemeanor, with up to 1 year imprisonment and a $100 fine.

Driving licenses may be revoked upon conviction for those aged 15 or older.

New Mexico Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

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
HIV/AIDS
Multiple sclerosis
Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with intractable spasticity
Epilepsy
Hospice patients
Inflammatory autoimmune-mediated arthritis

For some ailments like chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), glaucoma and inflammatory autoimmune-mediated arthritis, you must get a second certification from a qualified specialist.

New Mexico Possession Limit (Medical Marijuana Patients)

Qualified New Mexico medical marijuana patients may possess up to 8 ounces over a 90-day period. Recreational cannabis is not legal in New Mexico

Can I qualify for a New Mexico medical marijuana card online in New Mexico?

Telehealth/telemedicine available. However, relationship must first be established between patient and physician in-person. New Mexico has the widest range of telehealth/telemedicine services in the US.

Can a Qualifying New Mexico Medical Marijuana Patient Grow Cannabis in NM?

Qualifying New Mexico medical cannabis patients may legally grow up to 16 plants, four mature and 12 immature.

Does New Mexico Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?

New Mexico now has medical marijuana reciprocity with other states. This was established on the 1st of July, 2020. Under Senate Bill 139 (SB 139), patients who qualify for their home state medical marijuana program can use their valid medical marijuana card to purchase cannabis at licensed New Mexico dispensaries.

SB139 was passed in response to a section of SB406 that changed the legal definition of a patient, inadvertently allowing non-residents to apply for New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program. Under SB 139, non-residents will not be able to renew their New Mexico medical marijuana card, but can use a valid MMJ card from their home state.

How Long Does it Take to Get a New Mexico MMJ Card?

Due to the high number of applications, it can take up to 30 days to get a New Mexico medical marijuana card (MMJ card).

How Much Does a New Mexico Medical Marijuana Card Cost?

No application fee - a New Mexico online physician's appointment costs $199, subject to change. Only billed if approved.

How Old Do I Have to Be to Apply for a New Mexico Medical Marijuana Card?

You must be aged 18 years old or over in order to qualify for a medical marijuana card for yourself in New Mexico. Caregivers must be 18 years old or over.

Is a Caregiver Needed for Medical MMJ in New Mexico?

For minor patients under the age of 18, or those who are over 18 but need a caregiver due to their condition. Primary caregiver is designated by a patient's practitioner as necessary to take responsibility for managing the well-being of a qualified patient with respect to the medical use of cannabis. Primary caregiver must be a resident of New Mexico. The caregiver must be 18 years of age or older.

What do I need to apply for a New Mexico medical marijuana card?

Patients must be eighteen (18) years of age. If a patient is under eighteen (18) years of age, the patient must designate a Caregiver.

Patients must provide a valid copy of New Mexico State ID, such as a driver’s licence or New Mexico-issued I.D. Card.

Patients must provide proof of residency, such as bank statements or correspondence with a state department within the last 3 months, or a rental/mortgage agreement.

Patients must be evaluated, in person, by a certified physician. Physicians must establish a bona fide patient relationship.

Patients must be diagnosed with a Qualifying Condition. Patients must submit an application to the New Mexico Department of Health Medical Cannabis Program.

Will Insurance Cover My Physician’s MMJ Recommendation in New Mexico?

No. As cannabis is federally illegal, insurance will not cover the costs associated with medical marijuana.

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