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. 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.