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Medical Cannabis Program Facts

Qualified Patients are allowed to possess up to 8 ounces of usable cannabis. Primary Caregivers may transport up to this amount for each patient listed on the Caregiver ID card. If an exception to the 8 ounce limit is granted, it is noted on the Patient ID card. Qualified Patients may apply for a license to grow their own supply of medical cannabis. The license should be posted or kept near the growing area.

A Personal Production License (PPL) allows Patients to have 4 mature plants and 12 seedlings at any given time. The definitions for mature and seedling plants are as follows:
• Mature plant – A harvestable female cannabis plant that is flowering.
• Seedling – A cannabis plant that has no flowers.

Participation in the Medical Cannabis Program by qualified patients or primary caregivers does
not relieve them from criminal prosecution or civil penalty arising out of:
• Operation of a vehicle while under the influence of cannabis.

Possession or use of cannabis:
•In a school bus or public vehicle
•On school grounds or property
•In the workplace of the Qualified Patient’s or Primary Caregiver’s employment
•At a public park, recreation center, youth center or other public place
• Sale, distribution, dispensing or transfer of cannabis to a person not registered by DOH.
• Obtaining or transporting cannabis outside New Mexico in violation of federal law.
• Possessing cannabis on federal property, including national parks, federal courthouse,
immigration checkpoints, etc.


*info provided by New Mexico Department of Health


The Medical Cannabis Program (MCP) was created under the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act. The purpose of this Act is to allow the beneficial use of medical cannabis in a regulated system for alleviating symptoms caused by debilitating medical conditions and their medical treatments. The NMDOH administers the MCP in accordance with the Act while at the same time ensuring proper enforcement of any criminal laws for behavior that has been deemed illicit by the state. A Primary Caregiver (PC) may be designated by the Qualified Patient (QP) to take responsibility for managing the well-being of the QP in the use of medical cannabis.

The production and distribution of medical cannabis is provided by Licensed Non-Profit Producers (LNPP) throughout the state. A Qualified Patient may also obtain a Personal Production License (PPL) to grow medical cannabis for personal use. The Medical Cannabis Fund was created to allow the Department to utilize fees to fund program expenses. This allowed the NMDOH to hire staff and finance the operation of the MCP as a self-supported program. Get the PPL application HERE.


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