Medical Marijuana: New Mexico

December 29, 2009 – Cannabis for medical use in New Mexico was approved via Senate Bill 523 medical-marijuana-new-mexico-276x300“The Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act” on Mar. 13, 2007. The law became effective on July 1, 2007.

The law removes state-level criminal penalties on the use and possession of marijuana by patients “in a regulated system for alleviating symptoms caused by debilitating medical conditions and their medical treatments.”

The New Mexico Department of Health was designated to administer the program and register patients, caregivers, and providers.

Conditions Approved for Use of Medical Marijuana in New Mexico

* Severe chronic pain
* Painful peripheral neuropathy
* Intractable nausea/vomiting
* Severe anorexia/cachexia
* Hepatitis C infection
* Crohn’s disease
* Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
* ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
* Cancer
* Glaucoma
* Multiple sclerosis
* Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with intractable spasticity
* Epilepsy
* Hospice patients

Cannabis Quantities Allowed

Possession/Cultivation: Patients have the right to possess up to six ounces of usable cannabis, four mature plants and 12 seedlings.

In New Mexico, usable cannabis is defined as dried leaves and flowers; it does not include seeds, stalks or roots. A primary caregiver may provide services to a maximum of four qualified patients under the Medical Cannabis Program.

Application information can be obtained from:

New Mexico Department of Health

1190 St. Francis Drive
P.O. Box 26110
Santa Fe, NM 87502-6110
Phone: 505-827-2321


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