Legal status of marijuana in the state of New Mexico
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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)
- Crohn’s disease
- Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with intractable spasticity
- Hepatitis C infection currently receiving antiviral treatment
- 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.