On February 16, the vote will be cast on whether or not recreational marijuana use will be legalized in the state of New Mexico. While it is too early to determine in which direction the vote will be cast, residents and tourists are still able to legally purchase marijuana from a dispensary with a medical marijuana card.

There are specific qualifications that must be met in order to receive a medical marijuana card in the state of New Mexico. Residents must be at least 21 years of age and must hold evidence of residence in the state of New Mexico, such as a state ID, drivers license or utility bill.
Residents must also hold at least one of the following conditions to be considered by a licensed physician to receive a medical marijuana card: Cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Crohn's disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Hepatitis C. Patients suffering from intense symptoms such as severe chronic pain, severe nausea, or seizures are also eligible to receive marijuana as suitable treatment.

Once a registered physician has determined that marijuana is a beneficial treatment for the patient's conditions, the patient must take documents provided by the physician and submit it along with proof of residency and legitimate records to the New Mexico Department of Health in order to receive their legal medical marijuana card.

Once you have received your medical marijuana card you are legally permitted to purchase up to 8 ounces of marijuana from a registered medicinal dispensary or cultivate up to 12 cannabis plant within a private home.

As we approach a time of decision regarding the legalization of recreational marijuana use, it's important to stay up to date on changing cannabis laws. If the law should be passed, recreational marijuana shops will eventually be made open to the public.