The Medical Cannabis Program (MCP) was created under the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act in 2007, which can be found in Chapter 26, Article 2B of the New Mexico Statutes. The purpose of this Act is to allow the use of medical cannabis in a regulated system to alleviate symptoms caused by debilitating medical conditions and their medical treatments. The production and distribution of medical cannabis is provided by Licensed Non-Profit Producers (LNPP) throughout the state. A qualified patient or primary caregiver may also obtain a Personal Production License (PPL) to grow medical cannabis for the qualified patient’s personal use.
You can find the Rules and Regulations for the Medical Cannabis Program through the New Mexico State Records Center and Archive Website, they are Title 7- Health, Chapter 34 – Medical Use of Cannabis.
You can find the correct form and instructions for first time patients, re-enrolling patients, primary caregivers, personal production, information change, and card replacement on this page. Directions for completing the paperwork are provided on each form. Complete applications are processed in the order received at the MCP office. The Medical Cannabis Program may take up to 30 days from the date a complete application is received at the MCP office to approve or deny the application. An additional 5 business days are allowed to process and issue the registry identification cards. The NMDOH-MCP recommends that applications be submitted 45 to 60 days before expiration to avoid problems obtaining or possessing medical cannabis.
New Mexico Cannabis Program Qualifying Conditions
New Mexico Cannabis Program – These are the medical cannabis qualifying conditions for the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program as set forth by the New Mexico Department of Health:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Crohn’s Disease
- Damage to the Nervous Tissue of the Spinal Cord (with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity)
- Epilepsy/Seizure Disorder
- Friedreich’s Ataxia
- Hepatitis C Infection currently receiving antiviral therapy
- Hospice Care
- Huntington’s disease
- Inclusion Body Myositis
- Inflammatory Autoimmune-mediated Arthritis
- Intractable Nausea/Vomiting
- Lewy Body Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Opioid Use Disorder
- Painful Peripheral Neuropathy
- Parkinson’s disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Severe Anorexia/Cachexia
- Severe Chronic Pain
- Spasmodic Torticollis (Cervical Dystonia)
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy
- Ulcerative Colitis
To schedule an appointment to explore your options for the New Mexico Cannabis Program please call 505.327.0002.
Below is a list of some of the forms you may need for the application process. If you have any questions about the purpose of these forms or need to know which forms apply to you, please give us a call and we will be happy to assist in any way we can.
This application is signed and filled out by both the patient and their provider and must include a copy of your current and valid New Mexico issued ID or Driver’s License. If you are planning on being seen in our office for medical cannabis certification you will not need to print this form, we will have it ready for you at the time of your appointment. Patients must also include medical records from their medical practitioner that supports a qualifying diagnosis with this application. If you wish to be seen in our office for medical cannabis certification we ask that you provide medical records with proof of qualifying diagnosis before you are scheduled. This can be done by requesting the records straight from your practitioner and bringing us a copy, or by filling out a release of information form in our office so that we can request the records for you. A full list of accepted medical conditions can be found at the bottom of this page. Please keep in mind that all medical records must be from within the last year in order to be accepted.
This application is for a designated individual to have the ability to pick up and transport medical cannabis for an enrolled patient. If you are planning on being seen in our office for medical cannabis certification you will not need to print this form, we will have it ready for you at the time of your appointment. Caregivers also have the ability to assist in the growing process for patients that have been approved for a personal production license. Any enrolled patient that is an adolescent must have a parent or guardian as a caregiver and must also include a federal background check. We have provided a list of recommendations for websites to complete the background check on.
Background Check Websites: Sentrylink.com,
This application gives enrolled patients the ability to produce their own medical cannabis. This form must include a $30.00 license fee. Fee waivers are available according to federal poverty guidelines, please see the application for guidelines. If the patient does not own their home they must have written consent from the homeowner included with the application. Please review the NMAC 7.34.4 section of the NMAC (New Mexico Administrative Code) for qualified Personal Production License before applying. This form does not need to be signed by the patient’s provider. If you are interested in obtaining your personal production license please feel free to print this form and complete it before your appointment.
If you already an approved patient of the NMDOH-MCP and your personal information has changed, you have moved, updated your phone number, stopped using medical cannabis, you have lost or damaged your card, etc. you must complete this form and submit it with your current Patient Identification Card and/or Personal Production License Card with a copy of your NM issued driver’s license or identification card. This form does not need to be filled out by your provider.