New Mexico

New Mexico

129,248
Registered Patient Population
6.16%
of Total Population Represented by Patients
117
Total Medical Retail Locations Currently in Operation
1,105 : 1
Patients : Retail

Cannabis is legal to all adults over 21 in New Mexico. Any adult may cultivate up to six plants at home, or 12 in a household of two or more adults. Patients and caregivers may purchase up to 8 ounces every 90 days from dispensaries. New Mexico allows for a resident of any US state or DC to purchase cannabis at in state dispensaries providing only proof of physician authorization. Patients report high prices as a barrier to access.

Patient Rights and Civil Protections 86/100   
Arrest Protection 25/25
Affirmative Defense 16/20
Parental Rights Protections 20/20
DUI Protections 0/10
Employment Protections 20/20
Explicit Privacy Standards 5/5
Access to Medicine 78/100   
Authorizes Retail Access 10/10
Alternative Accessibility Methods 20/20
- Authorizes Delivery 10/10
- Authorizes Curbside Pickup 10/10
Personal Cultivation 15/15
Collective Gardening 3/5
Sufficient Number of Licenced Retailers 10/30
Reciprocity 20/20
Program Functionality 71/100   
Legal Protections Within Reasonable Time Frame 16/20
Reasonable Possession Limits 10/10
Reasonable Purchase Limits 10/10
Telemedicine for Physician Certifications 15/15
Patient and Physician Representation in Program Decision Making 0/20
Reasonable Caregiver Standards 3/5
- Background Checks 2/2
- Number of Caregivers 1/3
Reasonable Physician Standards 4/5
Access to Administration Methods 10/10
- Allows Dried Flower 5/5
- Allows Edibles, Concentrates, and Other Forms 5/5
Provides Access to Minors on School Grounds 3/5
Affordability 61/100   
Sales Tax Break for Patients and Caregivers 16/20
Covered by State Insurance or Health Aid 0/20
Reasonable Registration Fees 20/20
Financial Hardship Waivers or Discounts 20/20
Donation Program 0/10
Allows Multi-Year Registrations 5/10
Health and Social Equity 53/100   
State Program Protections 25/25
Housing Protections 0/25
Access for Minors 9/10
Access in Underserved Areas 5/10
List of Qualifying Conditions is Exhaustive or All Inclusive 9/10
Allows Patients to Medicate Where they Choose 0/10
Organ Transplants 5/5
Ownership or Employment Restrictions 0/5
Consumer Protection and Product Safety 114/200   
Total 38/50
Quality Management Systems 10/10
Staff Training 10/10
Standard Operating Procedures 5/8
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 1/1
- Workplace Safety 1/1
- Storage 0/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 0/1
- Security 1/1
- Waste Disposal 1/1
- Water Management 0/1
- Records Management 1/1
Pesticide Usage Limitations 2/2
Environmental Impact Regulations 0/2
Required Testing 6/8
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Microbials 1/1
- Aflatoxins 1/1
- Pesticides 1/1
- Heavy Metals 1/1
- Foreign Matter 0/1
- Moisture Content/ Water Activity 1/1
Packaging and Labeling 2/3
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Pesticides 1/1
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting, and Recall Protocol 3/7
Total 38/50
Quality Management Systems 10/10
Staff Training 10/10
Standard Operating Procedures 4/7
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 0/1
- Workplace Safety 1/1
- Storage 0/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 0/1
- Security 1/1
- Waste Disposal 1/1
- Records Management 1/1
Environmental Impact Regulations 0/3
Required Testing 7/10
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Microbials 1/1
- Aflatoxins 1/1
- Pesticides 1/1
- Heavy Metals 1/1
- Residual Solvents 1/1
- Homogeneity 1/1
- Foreign Matter 0/1
- Water Activity 0/1
Packaging and Labeling 4/5
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Ingredients 1/1
- Allergens 1/1
- Nutritional Content 1/1
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting and Recall Protocol 3/5
Total 0/50
Staff Training 0/20
Standard Operating Procedures 0/7
- Facility Sanitation 0/1
- Workplace Safety 0/1
- Storage 0/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 0/1
- Security 0/1
- Waste Disposal 0/1
- Records Management 0/1
Product Testing 0/10
- Product Meets Requirements Before Sale 0/5
- COA Disclosure 0/5
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting and Recall Protocol 0/13
Total 38/50
Independent or Third-Party 5/5
Laboratory Sampling 0/5
Method Validation 2/4
Quality Management Systems 5/5
Staff Training 20/20
Standard Operating Procedures 6/7
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 1/1
- Equipment and Instrument Calibration 1/1
- Workplace Safety 0/1
- Sample Tracking 1/1
- Security 1/1
- Waste Disposal 1/1
- Records Management 1/1
Result Reporting 0/4
Score Penalties 50/100   
Gives Regulatory Preference to Adult Use 20/20
Classifies Cannabis as a Medicine of Last Resort 0/15
Administrative or Supply Problems 15/15
Requires Vertical Integration 10/10
Creates New Criminal Penalties for Patients 5/10
Limits Patients to a Single Retailer 0/10
No System for Adding Qualifying Conditions 0/10
Imposes Bans or Limits on THC 0/5
Imposes Bans or Limits on CBD 0/5
Excerpted from ASA's 2021 State of the States Report.
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Recommending Cannabis in New Mexico

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History of Medical Cannabis in New Mexico

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