A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Your Medical Card in New Mexico

New Mexico was actually the first state in the US to recognize the medicinal benefits of marijuana, and this was back in 1978. Today, the state has legalized medical cannabis for qualifying patients, and the process couldn’t be easier. To get your New Mexican medical marijuana card, you just have to follow these three simple steps:

  1. Meet with a qualified physician for an evaluation
  2. Receive a physician’s certification and apply for your card online
  3. Submit documentation and get your NM MMJ card!

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How to Get a New Mexico Medical Marijuana Card

Who Can Get a Medical Card in New Mexico?

To get a medical card in New Mexico, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a New Mexico state resident 
  • Have at least one qualifying medical condition 

Minors in New Mexico also have access to medical marijuana, but they must have a caregiver (who is of age) apply for the card and purchase cannabis on their behalf.  

What Are the Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis in New Mexico?

To qualify for medical cannabis in New Mexico, you must be diagnosed with at least one of the following conditions:

  • 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

If your condition isn’t currently on this list, you can petition to have it added. 

How-To Steps for Getting an MMJ Card in New Mexico

1: Meet With A Qualified Physician for an Evaluation 

First thing’s first: to get your MMJ card in New Mexico, you will have to meet with a qualified physician for an evaluation. This physician will determine whether or not you have at least one of the qualifying medical conditions needed to obtain your card. 

2: Receive a Physician's Certification and Apply for Your Card 

If you are approved, you will receive a physician’s certification ensuring that your medical conditions qualify you for an MMJ card. Once you get this, you can head over to the New Mexico Department of Health’s website and fill out an application

3: Submit Documentation and Get Your NM MMJ Card

Your MMJ card application requires the submission of your physician’s certification, as well as a photocopy of your New Mexico state ID to prove residency and identification. Once you have these things, send them off, and wait for your NM MMJ card to come in the mail. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to purchase medical cannabis in the Land of Enchantment.