Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is medical marijuana legal in New Mexico?

    Yes, New Mexico legalized medical cannabis for qualifying conditions in 2007, though the state was actually the first in the country to recognize the plant’s medicinal value back in 1978.

  • Who can get an MMJ card in New Mexico?

    To get a medical card in New Mexico, you have to be at least 18 years old, be an in-state resident, and have at least one of the qualifying medical conditions listed in the state program. 


    Minors can receive their MMJ cards but must have a designated caregiver to apply for the program and purchase cannabis on their behalf. 

  • What are the qualifying medical conditions?

    The qualifying medical conditions to get your medical card in New Mexico are as follows:


    • Alzheimer’s Disease
    • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Cancer
    • Crohn’s Disease
    • Damage to the Nervous Tissue of the Spinal Cord (with an objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity)
    • Epilepsy/Seizure Disorder
    • Friedreich’s Ataxia
    • Glaucoma
    • Hepatitis C Infection currently receiving antiviral therapy
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Hospice Care
    • Huntington’s disease
    • Inclusion Body Myositis
    • Inflammatory autoimmune-mediated Arthritis
    • Intractable Nausea/Vomiting
    • Lewy Body Disease
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
    • Opioid Use Disorder
    • Painful Peripheral Neuropathy
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Severe Anorexia/Cachexia
    • Severe Chronic Pain
    • Spasmodic Torticollis (Cervical Dystonia)
    • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
    • Ulcerative Colitis

  • What if my condition isn’t listed?

    In the case that your medical condition isn’t listed currently, you can petition to have it added to the list. To do this, you must write to New Mexico’s Medical Advisory Board stating how/why medical cannabis would benefit your condition. 

  • What does the medical cannabis card registration process look like?

    To apply for a medical cannabis card, you must first meet with a certified physician who can diagnose you with at least one of the qualifying conditions. From there, you need to complete a patient registry application and provide proof of New Mexico residency/identification. You can do this through a photocopy of your New Mexico state ID. 

  • How long is my card valid for?

    Your New Mexico medical marijuana card is valid for one year after being issued.

  • How much does the application process cost?

    In New Mexico, the application process for your medical marijuana is free! 

  • Where do I purchase medical cannabis in NM?

    Medical patients can purchase cannabis at licensed dispensaries all across the state.

  • Where can I consume medical cannabis?

    Medical cannabis can only be consumed in private, away from the public eye. Public consumption of any kind is prohibited and punishable by law. This includes consumption in public vehicles, on school grounds, public parks, etc.

  • What are the possession limits of cannabis in NM?

    In New Mexico, medical patients are allowed to possess up to eight ounces of cannabis over a three-month time period.

  • Does New Mexico offer reciprocity?

    Yes, NM allows any out-of-state medical cardholders to purchase cannabis in the state as long as they have proof of physician certification.

  • Does New Mexico require lab testing for their cannabis products?

    Yes, New Mexico requires all cannabis products to be tested for harmful additives like pesticides, heavy metals, microbes, and more. 

  • Can you cultivate cannabis at home? How do I apply?

    Yes, with approval, you can grow your own cannabis in New Mexico. To do so, you have to apply through the New Mexico Department of Health and fill out a Medical Cannabis Personal Production Application. This will cost $30.