New Mexico Medical Marijuana Qualification
Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in New Mexico
On April 2, 2007, Governor Bill Richardson signed Senate Bill 523, “Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act,” into law, which removes state level penalties on the use of medical marijuana (also referred to as medical weed, medical pot or medical cannabis). Just recently, the Department of Health finalized regulations for the registry identification cards and a production/distribution system for its medical cannabis program. Read the full text of the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act here.
How to Become a Medical Marijuana Patient in New Mexico
- Must be a resident of New Mexico with a valid New Mexico I.D. as proof of residency.
- Obtain a copy of your medical records indicating diagnosis of a qualifying condition, as listed below. Learn how to request your medical records and remember to bring these records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment. Please note the following guidelines:
- If applying under Chronic Pain, you must have a second certification from a specialist
- If applying under PTSD, you must have medical records showing a psychiatrist’s diagnosis
- If applying under Glaucoma, you must have medical records showing an ophthalmologist’s diagnosis
- If applying under Inflammatory Autoimmune-Mediated Arthritis, you must have a certification from a Rheumatologist
- Obtain written certificationfrom a physician licensed in the state of New Mexico that that you are a qualifying patient.
- Register with the New Mexico Department of Health to receive a registry identification card.
What Ailments Can Be Treated with Medical Cannabis in New Mexico?
- 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)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with intractable spasticity
- Hospice patients
- Inflammatory autoimmune-mediated arthritis
Medical Marijuana Access
Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor’s prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.
Under New Mexico medical marijuana law, Qualified patients may purchase cannabis from a state licensed producer and possess up to six ounces of medical cannabis. You can have more than six ounces of useable medical cannabis if you provide the Department of Health with a letter of special need from your certifying medical provider. This letter must explain why you need a larger amount and must specify what amount your medical provider thinks you need. The state website explains that once you are approved they will provide you with information about how to contact the licensed producers to receive medical cannabis. In order to grow your own marijuana, you apply for a specific license. Download the application here. If you are approved, you can have four mature plants and 12 seedlings.
How to Contact the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program
Department of Health
1190 St. Francis Drive
Suite S1203 Santa Fe, NM 87502
Phone: (505) 827-2321
Fax: (505) 827-2862