Is marijuana legal in New Mexico?

Medical marijuana is legal in New Mexico for qualified patients with valid registry identification cards. The state decriminalized cannabis in 2019 under Senate Bill 323, however, recreational marijuana remains illegal in New Mexico.

How long is my medical cannabis ID valid?

All IDs are valid for one year. If you'd like to renew your card after the first year, you must submit a re-enrollment form for approval.

How many times can I be re-enrolled in the program?

Patients are allowed to re-enroll into the program each year with no maximum.

Where can I buy medical marijuana in New Mexico?

Due to federal regulations, cannabis remains a Schedule 1 substance. Therefore, qualified patients must buy their medical cannabis from the state-approved list of licensed non-profit producers.

Where can I consume medical marijuana in New Mexico?

Medical marijuana consumption is only allowed on private property out of view from the public. The state specifically prohibits the following areas for consumption:

Prohibited Consumption Areas:

  • School bus or public vehicle
  • School grounds
  • Workplaces
  • Public parks, recreation centers, and other public places

How should I store my medical marijuana?

Per 7.34.3 NMAC, “A qualified patient and primary caregiver shall ensure that all cannabis and cannabis-derived products that are purchased from a licensed non-profit producer remain in the package or container provided by the non-profit entity when not in use. If the package or container is damaged, the product label and any other identifying information from the package or container shall be kept and remain with the cannabis or cannabis-derived product upon transfer to another package or container."

Can I share my medical marijuana in New Mexico?

No, medical marijuana is intended for only the listed patient and cannot be shared with anyone else.

Can I buy medical cannabis for a friend in New Mexico?

Only the patient or a designated primary caregiver is allowed to purchase medical cannabis.

Will insurance cover my medical marijuana in New Mexico?

No, the patient needs to cover the cost of all medical cannabis products themselves.

Can I grow my own medical marijuana in New Mexico?

Yes, Personal Production Licensed (PPL) patients and designated primary caregivers are allowed cultivate up to 16 marijuana plants with four mature and 12 seedlings on any property owned by the patient.

Can I get fired for medical marijuana consumption?

Yes, while New Mexico state laws exempt patients from certain laws, employers are not obligated to accommodate an employee's medical marijuana consumption.