Medical (Comprehensive)

Important Dates

2007: The Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act allowed for the use of medical marijuana.


In 2007, New Mexico’s governor, Bill Richardson, signed a bill legalizing the use of medical marijuana for patients with qualifying conditions.


Can I possess, buy or grow marijuana in New Mexico?

Patients with a qualifying condition and a medical marijuana card can possess six ounces of marijuana at one time. Patients can purchase cannabis from a medical marijuana dispensary and are permitted to grow up to 16 plants after filling out an application for a Personal Production License. Qualifying conditions include but are not limited to: Cancer, Glaucoma, Epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, Ulcerative Colitis and Multiple Sclerosis.

Can I operate a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana in New Mexico?

New Mexico law states that a person should not drive while under the influence of any drug to a degree that prevents them from safely operating the vehicle.

How do I get a medical marijuana card in New Mexico?

In order to obtain a medical marijuana card in New Mexico, you must attain a copy of the medical records containing your diagnosis and a written certification (which may vary based on your condition) from a licensed physician stating that you qualify. You can then register with the New Mexico Department of Health by providing the necessary information and forms.

Can I use marijuana in public in New Mexico?

Patients should not smoke marijuana in a school bus or public vehicle, on school grounds, in their workplace or at a public park, recreational center or other public space.

Can I sell marijuana in New Mexico?

Only licensed medical marijuana dispensaries can sell cannabis in New Mexico.


The information presented here should not be construed as legal advice. State and Federal laws are always subject to change. We aim to keep this page as updated as possible; however, for additional information regarding New Mexico marijuana laws, please see Find Law and the National Conference of State Legislatures.