New Mexico

In 2007, the government of New Mexico passed Senate Bill 523 authorizing the use of medical marijuana to qualified patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions. There are currently 15 qualifying conditions for medical cannabis use, and they include AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Hepatitis C, Crohn’s disease, Post-Traumatic Stress disorder, Lou Gehrig’s disease and epilepsy. After registering with the state, qualified patients can apply for a license to produce their own medical cannabis or visit a licensed producer to receive medical cannabis. Registered patients may possess up to 6 ounces of usable cannabis, four mature marijuana plants and 12 seedlings. Though there are no formal marijuana dispensaries, licensed caregivers may provide medical marijuana to up to four registered patients. In addition to medical marijuana, the state has an active hemp industry that produces textiles, cloth, cosmetics and food products made from a distinct variety of cannabis plant. Unauthorized persons in possession of less than 8 ounces of marijuana face misdemeanor charges with no more than one year imprisonment and less than a $1000 fine. Possessing more than 8 ounces is considered a felony. The sale of any amount of marijuana results in a felony offense, jail time and a fine of at least $5000.