As a New Mexico resident you may have the legal right to pursue medical cannabis as a medicinal option. The path to becoming a legally licensed patient is fairly  straightforward, but can be quite confusing,

especially if your doctor is not cannabis friendly. We've outlined a few of the essential points and give you our best advice...


An approved New Mexico patient may legally possess marijuana for medicinal purposes. A patient can also apply for a production license, which would allow the patient to grow their own medicine. A patient may designate a caregiver for assistance. The state issues IDs for both patients and caregivers.


What’s Legal

As a patient, you and your caregiver may collectively possess up to a three month “adequate supply.” A three month adequate supply is presumed to be no more than six ounces of usable marijuana. If you need more than this amount, your doctor should include this in your recommendation.


Eligible Conditions

• Cancer

• Glaucoma

• Multiple Sclerosis

• Epilepsy


• Under hospice care

• 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)

• Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with intractable spasticity

• Inflammatory autoimmune-mediated arthritis

• Any other condition approved by the department of health


Application Process

Your doctor must certify that you have an eligible condition, that the condition is debilitating and cannot be helped by standard treatments, and that the benefits of medical cannabis usage outweigh the detriments. This recommendation may need to be accompanied by further proof of your debilitating medical condition depending on the condition. For example, for chronic pain you need objective proof of severe chronic pain such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs.

Recommendations must be submitted to the New Mexico department of health along with a completed application. Application forms are available at or can be acquired by calling (505) 827-2321.



Any medical doctor (MD), doctor of osteopathy (DO) or nurse practitioner who can prescribe medicine in New Mexico can write a referral for the Medical Cannabis Program.


Access / Caregivers/ Producers

Caregivers are allowed to assist patients with growing their medicine as long as they follow the terms specified in the patient’s application for a production license. Registered caregivers are issued cards that protect them from arrest and prosecution for the possession of medical cannabis under New Mexico law. All caregiver applicants are required to undergo background checks before they are approved.



Be cool. Do not use marijuana in public, on school grounds, or at work.



Patient and primary caregiver information is confidential. The program will only share information with state or local law enforcement agencies to verify that a patient or primary caregiver can legally have and use medical cannabis.


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Do You Have Additional Questions about New Mexico's medical cannabis program?

New Mexico Department of Health Medical Cannabis Program

Phone: 505-827-2321

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