New Mexico passed the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act in March 2007, making it the 12th state to legalize medical cannabis. Signed into law by then-Governor Bill Richardson, the bill expanded on a 1978 law passed by the state allowing medical use. However, use was limited to patients approved for a federal research program, the first of its kind at the time.
The state's program is run by the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program (MCP), which aims to provide approved patients with a regulated cannabis treatment option. Licensed non-profit producers provide the state with its medical marijuana. An approved patient or caregiver may also obtain a Personal Production License (PPL).
Since its launch, New Mexico officials have allowed for expanding the state's qualifying conditions on several occasions. The state's Medical Cannabis Advisory Board of nine physicians convenes twice each year for public meetings where citizens get the opportunity to petition for additional conditions to be included on the list.
The state continues to expand access for its citizens and those visiting New Mexico. On February 21, 2020, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Senate Bill 139 into law, ensuring the program's rules remain reserved for citizens and reciprocate to patients enrolled in another state program. The law took immediate effect. Out-of-state patients that previously received New Mexico medical cards are not permitted to renew their cards upon expiration.
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Any person living with a state-approved qualified condition can apply for the program. A recommendation from a physician must confirm your medical status. Patients under 18 must have a Caregiver designated.
In February 2020, the state expanded its coverage to reciprocate to patients approved in other state markets.
Here is the list in full:
You can apply for your medical marijuana card by filling out an application provided by the state. A completed application includes:
* All the personal and medical information requested
* Your signature
* A signed recommendation from a state-approved physician
* A valid state-issued ID
Minors and others in need of a caregiver can apply for their approval during this process as well.
Applications may take up to 30 days for the Department to review. They ask that you allow for at least five days before checking on the status of your application.
The state's Public Health Accreditation Board ensures that each application is reviewed on a medical and administrative level to verify all the information is provided. As such, it recommends that expiring cardholders apply 45 to 60 days before their cards end date to avoid any lapses in coverage. Applications can be renewed with 90 or less days on the current card.
State licensed providers can supply dispensaries with products. A patient or their caregiver may also act as a grower for their own needs. To be an approved cultivator, you must apply for a separate Personal Production License (PPL). Applications come with a $30 license fee, with waivers for those that qualify under federal poverty guidelines.
There is no charge to apply for a medical cannabis card. There is a $50 replacement card fee and a $30 fee for PPL applications.
Patients can have up to 230 "units" of cannabis flower or derived products over 90 days. The state defines a "unit" as 1 gram of dried flower. It uses the same measurement to denote 200 milligrams of edibles, tinctures and topicals.
Yes, legislation signed in February 2020 ensures that in-state and certified out-of-state patients can have the same cannabis rights while in the state.
Yes, patients and caregivers have permission to transfer up to two ounces of cannabis to another patient or caregiver. Selling is prohibited.