Legal status of marijuana in the state of New Mexico


Legal status of marijuana in the state of New Mexico

MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN NEW MEXICO

New Mexico legalized medical marijuana for patients with a prescription from a licensed physician in 2007.

A patient is allowed access to 8 oz (226 grams) every 90 days from a licensed dispensary and can also apply for a Personal Production License (PPL) which will allow him or her to grow up to 16 plants.

The qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in New Mexico include:

  • Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with intractable spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C infection currently receiving antiviral treatment
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hospice care
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Inclusion Body Myositis
  • Inflammatory autoimmune-mediated arthritis
  • Intractable nausea/vomiting
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Painful peripheral neuropathy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Severe anorexia
  • Severe chronic pain
  • Spasmodic Torticollo (cervical dystonia)
  • Ulcerative colitis

RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA IN NEW MEXICO

The cultivation, sale, and possession of cannabis for recreational purposes are illegal in New Mexico.

Getting caught with up to 1 oz (28 grams) is treated as a misdemeanor and might land you in prison for up to 15 days and get you a fine of up to $100, if it is your first offense.

Any subsequent possession of under 1 oz might land you in jail for up to a year and get you a fine of up to $1,000.

Getting caught with more than 1 oz but less than 8 oz will land you in prison for up to a year and get you a fine of up to $1,000. More than 8 oz is treated as a felony and can land you in jail for up to 1,5 years and get you a fine of up to $5,000.

We are not aware of any possible law changes in the (near) future in New Mexico regarding medical and/or recreational cannabis.