- A medical card can save you money on every marijuana purchase.
- See a healthcare provider on your schedule.
- Pay only $99 for your appointment — and get your money back if not approved!
Register Online With Leafwell
It’s quick and easy! Plus, all of your data and medical records are secure on our state-of-the-art telemedicine platform.
Discuss Medical Marijuana with Your Doctor
This consultation fee is $99. Once you’ve completed the enrollment paperwork, you’ll be connected to a New Mexico physician. The process is simple and HIPAA-compliant. Once approved, your physician submits your details online to the state, and you should receive an email from the state within 24 hours.
Apply to the New Mexico Program
Complete the government application online within 90 days. We’ll provide you with all the information you need.
Receive Your Card from the State
You will receive your state-issued digital card within five business days.
The card is valid for two years, and you will not need to recertify with Leafwell until 30 days before your card’s expiration date.
Benefits of Having a Medical Card in New Mexico
New Mexico legalized recreational cannabis use in April 2022, but there are still benefits to getting approved for an MMJ card.
One significant benefit of a medical card is medical cannabis products aren’t subject to sales tax, and recreational products are. The total tax for adult-use customers is 20%, while medical patients pay 5 to 8% depending on the product type and dispensary where they purchase from.
Getting a New Mexico medical card not only allows you to buy cannabis at lower prices but also grants protection against employers, landlords, and even family courts from discriminating against you due to cannabis use.
Adults at least 18 who reside in New Mexico may be able to acquire a medical marijuana card if diagnosed with at least one qualifying health condition. That will be determined by a certified physician, who must fill out an application form indicating what health issues their patient is living with and proof of diagnosis.
Can Minors Get a Medical Card in New Mexico?
Minors in New Mexico can get a medical card; however, a parent or caregiver must handle the application process on their behalf.
To apply as a caregiver, you must be at least 18 and be designated by the patient as their primary caregiver. The application must be completed online in the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program portal.
- Addiction Treatment
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Anxiety, Panic Disorders
- Autism/Asperger Syndrome
- Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
- Chronic Pain, Muscle Pain and Other Types of Pain
What You’ll Need to Apply
Adults age 18 and older applying for a medical card will require:
- A clear copy of your New Mexico driver’s license or photo ID.
- Medical records to prove your diagnosis. This may include primary physician notes, specialist diagnoses, bloodwork, and radiographic evidence.
Guardians for patients who are minors should include legal guardianship or medical power of attorney paperwork to show their legal authority.
New Mexico charges a $30 application fee for medical marijuana patients. Leafwell charges a $99 consultation fee if our physician approves your application.
Medical Marijuana Reciprocity
As of 2020, New Mexico has allowed patients with medical cannabis cards from other states to purchase products in New Mexico. This is known as medical marijuana reciprocity: a rule that will enable medical patients in one state to purchase cannabis products in another legally.
Other states that have either legalized the recreational use of marijuana or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards include:
- Alaska ^
- Arkansas *
- California ^
- Colorado ^
- Connecticut ^
- Delaware ^
- Hawaii *
- Illinois ^
- Maryland ^ (as of July 2023)
- Michigan (qualifying state must also have reciprocity with Michigan)
- Missouri ^
- New Hampshire
- Oklahoma *
- Oregon ^
- Pennsylvania (minors only)
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- U.S. Virgin Islands *
- Utah (max. 45 days, after which the patient must apply for a Utah MMJ card)
- Vermont ^
- Virginia ^
- Washington ^
- Washington D.C.
States marked with * require visitors to complete a visiting patient application for their stay.
States marked with ^ have adult use programs but do not accept out-of-state cards.
Where to Buy Medical Marijuana in NM
Once you receive your medical card, you’ll be able to buy medical-grade cannabis from the dozens of licensed dispensaries in New Mexico. Purchases are restricted to 15 ounces of dried flower (425 units) over 90 days.
Cannabis cultivation is legal in New Mexico. Medical patients can cultivate up to six mature cannabis plants per person, with a maximum of 12 per household. These laws apply to both medical and recreational growers.
New Mexico Medical Marijuana Laws to Know
In 2007, former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson signed the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act into law. This legalized the cultivation, processing, sale, purchase, and consumption of medical cannabis.
Senate Bill 523 also legalized the purchase of up to 15 ounces of marijuana over 90 days and allows patients to cultivate up to six mature plants (with a maximum of 12 plants per home). Keep in mind that access to medical cannabis is limited to New Mexico residents with valid cards.
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The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Medical Marijuana Card
Telehealth services like Leafwell make it easy to get a medical marijuana card, but meeting with a cannabis doctor is only the first part of the process.
What Is It Like to See a Medical Marijuana Doctor?
What is it like to see a medical marijuana doctor? Learn more about the process, and what to expect during your Leafwell visit, in our guide.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a New Mexico Medical Marijuana certificate and card cost?
An online consultation with a Leafwell healthcare provider for a New Mexico medical marijuana card is $99 for new patients and renewals.
The consultation fee includes a 2-year certification, and you’ll only be charged if approved. Plus, now you can sign up with a friend and each save 10% on your consultation with Leafwell.
Patients will need to complete their state application with the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program before being issued their digital card.
What medical conditions qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in New Mexico?
In New Mexico, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana certificate and card:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease
- Anxiety Disorder
- 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 (MS)
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Opioid Use Disorder
- Painful Peripheral Neuropathy
- Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Severe Anorexia/Cachexia
- Severe Chronic Pain
- Spasmodic Torticollis (Cervical Dystonia)
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy
- Ulcerative Colitis
What do I need to know about applying for my Medical Cannabis Card in New Mexico online?
There are four simple steps to seeing a Leafwell provider in New Mexico:
- Register with Leafwell and speak to a New Mexico licensed physician online.
- Get approved and receive an email from the state within 24 hours.
- Complete the state application via the New Mexico Department of Health Cannabis Program Online Portal.
- Receive your state-issued digital card within five business days.
How old do I have to be to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in New Mexico?
You must be at least 18 years of age in order to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in New Mexico. Caregivers must also be 18 years of age.
Can I be/have a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in New Mexico?
Yes, medical marijuana patients in New Mexico can have a caregiver. Caregivers will complete their own application after creating an account with the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program.
- At least 18 years of age and a New Mexico resident.
- Caregivers can serve up to four qualified patients.
- Caregivers will attend the appointment with the patient.
- A background check is no longer required.
Here’s how to apply as a caregiver:
- You must be designated as a caregiver by:
- A new patient enrolling in the New Mexico Department of Health, Medical Cannabis Program.
- For a new or re-certifying patient, the caregiver will be added to the patient application, so that the medical provider and patient can approve.
- An existing patient of the New Mexico Department of Health, Medical Cannabis Program.
- For an existing patient adding a caregiver, the medical provider must start a caregiver application. Once the patient approves you as their caregiver, you will receive an email notification to complete the application.
- A new patient enrolling in the New Mexico Department of Health, Medical Cannabis Program.
- Go to the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program portal.
- Click the Create an Account button. If you already have an account, skip to step 7.
- Complete the Create an Account form by entering all the required information, then click the Submit button.
- First Name (as it appears on your card)
- Last Name (as it appears on your card)
- Date of Birth
- I have a card and want access to the Sales and Unit History – check this box if you currently have or have had a New Mexico Cannabis Program Patient Card.
- Barcode (as it appears on your card) – if your card is not available, you can skip this step; however, please allow 24-48 business hours for Program Staff to manually link your account.
- Email – use the personal email address you gave to your Medical Provider and plan to use for all future applications.
- Password – create a unique password that you will use to access the Patient Portal. h. Password confirmation – reenter the password.
- Click the Submit button.
- Check your email Inbox for an account confirmation notification and confirm your email by clicking on the link in the notification.
NOTE: To avoid issues receiving email messages from the Online Patient Portal, please add the email address firstname.lastname@example.org to your Safe Senders list
- Once you have created a user account in the Online Patient Portal, you can complete the caregiver application initiated by the patient’s Medical Provider.
- Login to your account with the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program.
- Your application will be found in the My Application section after login.
- Click on the Caregiver Application (Patient Information: Patient Name), to open the application.
- Review the Patient Information.
- Verify the information entered by the patient’s Medical Provider.
- Enter your Mailing Address if not entered by the patient’s Medical Provider
- Upload a New Mexico driver’s license or New Mexico state-issued ID.
- Review the attestation, and then add the date and your signature.
- Once all the required information has been entered into the application, click the Review button to verify all the entered information is correct.
NOTE: If the Review button is not present, review the application and enter any missing information.
- Click the Submit button. Your application will be sent to the Medical Cannabis Program for review /approval and issuance of your electronic card, typically processed within 5 business days.
How do I apply for the state program in New Mexico?
Before you start, have these supporting documents ready:
- A clear (face visible) copy of your current New Mexico Driver’s License or New Mexico photo ID. Temporary New Mexico Driver’s License and photo IDs are acceptable.
Getting Your New Mexico Medical Marijuana Card
Your Leafwell physician will have passed all required details to the New Mexico Department of Health following your appointment. Within 24 hours, you will receive an email from the state. At that time, you can continue with the stateside of the application process. Please note that you must complete the state application within 90 days of receiving your Leafwell approval. Failure to do so may result in additional fees.
The following video walks you through the next steps. Click here.
- Create an Account with the New Mexico Department of Health Cannabis Program online.
- Upon completion, you will be directed to check your email account for an email from the state
- To verify your email and confirm registration, simply click on the blue link found in the email. This action will take you back to the NMDOH patient portal home page.
- Log in to the patient portal.
- Complete and submit an official state application.
- After you apply, the state estimates a five-day wait until a digital card is made available.
Note: Each card is valid for two years, and you need to recertify with Leafwell 30 days before your card is set to expire.