As of August 2014, there is no registration fee associated with the medical cannabis program in New Mexico. However, the program is in the process of including a $50 registration fee.
To qualify, a patient must:
- Be a resident of the state of New Mexico
- Suffer from a qualifying, debilitating medical condition
- Obtain written certification from a licensed physician diagnosing the medical condition
What are the qualifying medical conditions?
- severe chronic pain
- painful peripheral neuropathy
- intractable nausea/vomiting
- severe anorexia/cachexia
- hepatitis C infection (currently receiving antiviral treatment)
- Crohn’s disease,
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- multiple sclerosis
- damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with intractable spasticity
- inflammatory autoimmune-mediated arthritis
- hospice patients
The following qualifying conditions require additional information to be submitted with the application:
- Glaucoma certification must be completed by an ophthalmologist.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder requires a second certification from a psychiatrist.
- Inflammatory Autoimmune-mediated arthritis must be diagnosed and certified by a health professional who is board-certified in Rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
- Chronic pain requires diagnosis supporting documents such as an x-ray or MRI, and a second certification from a board certified specialist.
- Hepatitis C infection requires proof of current anti-viral treatment.
- Painful peripheral neuropathy requires medical records clearly documenting
What needs to be included in the application packet?
- Complete, signed patient application
- Complete, signed physician certification(s)
- Legible copy of the patient’s valid New Mexico state issued driver’s license or identification card
- Complete, signed release of information form
- Legible copies of medical records (if required and stated on the application)
- Personal Production License (only if patient plans to cultivate)
Completed patient application and all supporting documents must be mailed in one envelope to:
Medical Cannabis Program
New Mexico Department of Health
1190 St. Francis Drive, S3400
Santa Fe, NM 87502
Allow thirty days for the Medical Cannabis Program to process the application. This begins on the date the application is received, not the date it was mailed. If denied, the patient will receive a denial letter in the mail. If approved, allow five more days to process and issue the patient’s card before it will be mailed to the patient’s home address.
Each card holder is permitted to have up to six ounces of usable marijuana. A patient licensed to cultivate may have twelve seedlings and 4 mature plants.