What are the medical marijuana laws in New Mexico?

Here is an overview of the medical marijuana laws in New Mexico:

  • 2007 – “The Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act” is approved, removing state-level penalties for those who need to use marijuana for medical purposes. This established a Patient Registry Program
  • March 2019 – A bill to legalize recreational use was passed by the House
  • July 2019 – Decriminalization came into effect in July. First-time possession of up to half ounce is now a petty misdemeanour which comes with a $50 fine. This law also decriminalized possession of drug paraphernalia
  • July 2020 – Patients from other states with a medical marijuana program and identification card system can now use their MMICs in New Mexico dispensaries.
  • 2021 - Recreational use is legalized with sales pending.
  • April 2020 - The first recreational adult use stores open in New Mexico.