In March 2007, the New Mexico legislature passed SB 523, “The Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act.” The law allowed patients and their caregivers to collectively possess up to six ounces of usable cannabis and, after obtaining a separate permit, cultivate up to four mature plants and 12 seedlings. The Department of Health (DOH) overseas the rules and regulations for patient and caregiver ID’s, Personal Production License (PPL) for patients or caregivers to grow medical cannabis for personal use and Licensed Non-Profit Producers (LNPP). Today 35 licensed nonprofit producers server medical cannabis patients.
DOH has updated the regulations several times to expand plant numbers and clarify requirements. New Mexico’s medical cannabis program includes a Medical Advisory Board that can approve new qualifying conditions and was the first to approve PTSD. The board also removed restrictions on chronic pain patients from qualifying for the program. In 2016, DOH extended the expiration date for many patients so that they could improve their ability to turn around patient applications more quickly.
Patient Registry or ID Cards Program?
Yes, for medical patients – Registration ID Cards
Cannabis Possession Limit:
Qualified patients are allowed to possess up to approximately eight (8) ounces (230 grams) of usable cannabis. Primary caregivers may transport up to 8 ounces for each patient listed on the caregiver ID card. (If an exception to the 8 ounce limit is granted, it is noted on the back of the patient ID card).
Cannabis Grow Limit:
Qualified patients may apply for a license to grow their own supply of medical cannabis. The license must be posted or kept near the growing area. A Personal Production License (PPL) allows patients to grow up to four (4) mature plants and twelve (12) seedlings at any given time.
The New Mexico legislature passed the state’s medical cannabis law March 13, 2007 as Senate Bill 523, “The Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act,” by a vote of 36-31 in the House and 32-3 in the Senate. The law was signed by then-Governor Bill Richardson on April 2 and went into effect July 1, 2007.