New Mexico Legal Information

The New Mexico legislature passed the state’s medical cannabis law March 13, 2007 as Senate Bill 523, "The Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act," by a vote of 36-31 in the House and 32-3 in the Senate. The law was signed by then-Governor Bill Richardson on April 2 and went into effect July 1, 2007.  An approved New Mexico patient may legally possess marijuana for medicinal purposes and may designate a caregiver for assistance. A patient may obtain a Personal Production License (PPL) to grow medical cannabis for personal use or may obtain their medicine from a Licensed Non-Profit Producers (LNPP). The state issues IDs for both patients and caregivers.

The Department of Health originally issued rules in 2008 and revised those rules in 2010. The rules are broken up into the following three separate parts, Registry Identification Cards for Patients, Caregivers; Practitioners and Licensing Requirements for Non-Profit and Personal Production; and rules pertaining to the Advisory Board.


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New Mexico's Medical Marijuana Laws & Regulations

The New Mexico legislature passed the state’s medical cannabis law March 13, 2007 as Senate Bill 523, "The Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act," by a vote of 36-31 in the House and 32-3 in the Senate. The law was signed by then-Governor Bill Richardson on April 2 and went into effect July 1, 2007.

Becoming a Patient in New Mexico

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.

Recommending Cannabis in New Mexico

Medical professionals recommending medical cannabis must be medical personnel licensed in New Mexico to prescribe and administer drugs that are subject to the Controlled Substance Act this includes MDs , DOs and nurse practitioners that have a primary practice in New Mexico.

NM Caregiver, Producer & Provider Info

Every state has varying laws and regulations for caregivers, cultivators and medical cannabis providers. This section includes an overview of state requirements and links to necessary forms and applications.

Facing state or federal charges?

Unfortunately, patients, caregivers, and providers are still vulnerable to federal and state arrests, prosecutions, and incarceration. They also suffer pervasive discrimination in employment, child custody, housing, public accommodation, education and medical care.