A medical cannabis courier license in New Mexico permits the licensee to transport usable cannabis within the commonwealth from a licensed non-profit (LNPP) producer to qualified patients, caregivers, other non-profit producers, approved laboratories, or approved manufacturers. Per NMAC 22.214.171.124, usable cannabis in New Mexico refers to flowers and dried leaves of the female cannabis plant and cannabis-derived products, including concentrates. Usable cannabis does not include stalks, seeds, or roots of the cannabis plant.
Yes. Pursuant to NMAC 126.96.36.199, medical cannabis courier license licenses are required and awarded to qualified persons or entities that transport usable cannabis from one or more licensed non-profit producers to qualified patients, laboratories, manufacturers, and patients. The New Mexico Department of Health issues the medical cannabis courier license.
Applicants are advised to acquaint themselves with the licensing rules promulgated by the New Mexico Department of Health before proceeding to submit their applications with the Department. In addition, applicants must be aware and adhere to all applicable local laws that do not conflict with the NMDOH rules, such as regulations governing public health and safety, natural resource protection, environmental impact, marijuana establishment operation, construction and building codes, zoning, employment, building and fire codes, and business or professional licensing. Hence, it is recommended that applicants research applicable local laws or municipal codes in the municipalities where they intend to locate their medical cannabis courier businesses.
An individual seeking to obtain a medical cannabis courier license in New Mexico must provide the following information or materials to the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH):
All persons associated with a medical cannabis courier license application must consent to and undergo New Mexico DPS statewide criminal history and nationwide background checks. Individuals required to undergo the background checks include board members and persons having direct or indirect control over the medical cannabis courier’s management, policies, employees, contractors, and agents. The applicant will pay all applicable fees associated with the nationwide and DPS statewide criminal history screening background checks.
Individuals convicted of a felony offense of trafficking or distributing a controlled substance or a breach of any related federal statute or equivalent statute from any other jurisdiction, will have their license applications denied.
Applicants must submit the completed MCP Courier Application form along with the required documentation to LCMedical.email@example.com. Applicants are also required to provide physical mailing addresses and email addresses in the application form. The NMDOH will send general correspondence to applicants through the email addresses on file. Correspondences may include legal notice and determinations regarding an application or an administrative action related to the application.
Note that the submission of the medical cannabis courier license application does not guarantee approval. An applicant may not begin handling medical cannabis products until the NMDOH Medical Cannabis Program approves the application.
Following the submission of an application, the NMDOH may verify the information provided in the application and accompanying documentation by:
If the NMDOH determines that an application for licensure is incomplete, it will notify the applicant by email and indicate the information or documents that the applicant must still supply. If the applicant fails to provide the requisite information or documents within 90 days of receiving notification of the deficiency, the application will be closed as incomplete and licensure denied under the Uniform Licensing Act. Hence, it is recommended that you timely respond to correspondences or requests for documentation or information from the NMDOH. The NMDOH may also deny an application for:
Consequently, to restart the application process, an applicant will be required to file a new application. All license fees are non-refundable and must be paid with every new application.
At the time of application, a medical cannabis courier license applicant must pay a non-refundable fee of $1,500 to the Medical Cannabis Program (MCP). The $1,500 fee is also due during the renewal application. The medical cannabis courier license is valid for a period of one year, expiring at the end of that year or upon the courier's closure. A courier must apply for permission renewal no later than 30 days before the expiry date.
There are no explicit regulations in New Mexico’s Cannabis Regulation Act restricting the type of cannabis business licenses that medical cannabis courier licensees may hold. A medical cannabis courier licensee may also apply for a courier license to authorize the transportation of usable adult-use cannabis in New Mexico.