Medical marijuana is used by patients suffering from any debilitating health condition provided under Title 7, Chapter 34, Part 3- Medical Use of Cannabis. Section 18.104.22.168 (D) defines what debilitating health conditions to include. These are:
In New Mexico, valid medical marijuana users have various privileges regarding cannabis use. For instance:
In New Mexico, medical marijuana cards issued after June 14, 2019, will expire three years after the issuance date. All cards issued before this date maintain their expiration date. While the cards remain valid, you can use them to purchase medical marijuana in New Mexico and some states that offer medical marijuana reciprocity.
Medical cannabis patients must renew their medical marijuana cards if they wish to keep their privileges. The Department of Health expects patients to apply for renewal at least thirty days before their cards expire and does not charge a renewal fee.
The State of New Mexico offers medical marijuana reciprocity under NM SB 406. The law permits tourists and visitors to buy and possess medical marijuana in New Mexico upon presenting an out-of-state medical marijuana card.
New Mexico also allows out-of-state medical cannabis patients to apply for New Mexico medical marijuana cards. This allowance is beneficial to patients that plan to be in the state for extended periods.
That depends on where you go. In states that offer medical marijuana reciprocity, individuals with New Mexico medical marijuana identification cards may legally possess medical marijuana. However, not all states offer medical marijuana reciprocity, even though they have legalized medical marijuana. The current list of US states offering medical marijuana reciprocity include:
Yes, the New Mexico Department of Health - a statewide body - validates requests and issues medical marijuana cards. Thus, your New Mexico medical marijuana identification card is valid in all New Mexico counties and municipalities. You can obtain medical marijuana from any state-licensed medical marijuana dispensary as long as you provide a valid license.
Yes, it does. New Mexico laws allow tourists and visitors with out-of-state medical marijuana identity cards to buy and possess medical marijuana. Also, all individuals above 21 years old will be able to have or buy up to two ounces of cannabis flower - for recreational use - from June 2021.
Out-of-state medical cannabis patients may also apply for New Mexico medical marijuana cards, according to NM SB 139. This allowance is beneficial to patients that plan to be in the state for extended periods.
Under the federal drug law, buying, using, or cultivating marijuana is criminally punishable. As such, anyone that consumes marijuana in federal jurisdiction risks arrest and prosecution, even if you have a New Mexico medical marijuana identification card. As some New Mexico spaces are the federal government's property, individuals cannot use marijuana anywhere they please. To stay on the right side of federal law, medical marijuana users should:
Under federal law, individuals that use or possess marijuana in national spaces face misdemeanor charges and are liable to pay a $1000 penalty. They may also be liable to spend up to one year in federal prison.