If you’re a resident of New Mexico and considering the benefits of having a cannabis medical card, you’re in the right place. Verdes Cannabis, serving our neighbors since 2010, is here to guide you through the process and highlight the advantages of becoming a medical cannabis patient in the Land of Enchantment.

The Benefits of Having a Medical Card

  1. Cost Savings: By joining the New Mexico medical cannabis program, you will save 12.91% in cannabis excise tax with every purchase. That’s nearly $13 in savings for every $100 spent. In addition to saving on taxes, medical cannabis products have higher potencies at affordable prices, so medical patients get more ‘bang for their buck.’ The financial benefits of having a medical card are substantial. 
  2. Higher Possession Limits: Medical patients are also allowed larger possession limits, enabling them to maintain a consistent supply of cannabis for their medical needs without fear of legal repercussions. In addition, in New Mexico, anyone can grow at home, so this would be a benefit for NM medical patients. 
  3. Quality Cannabis: Medical cannabis is held to a high standard of quality, ensuring accurate dosing and quality control measures. Patients can trust that their products are safe, consistent, and accurately labeled, providing peace of mind and effective symptom management.
  4. Access to Exclusive Dispensaries: Medical marijuana dispensaries offer a wider selection of products and strains tailored to medical needs, providing patients with more choices and personalized assistance.
  5. Higher Potency: Medical patients often have access to products with higher THC levels, allowing for more effective symptom relief without needing to purchase additional products. Medical cannabis products can contain up to 50mg of THC per serving, with no cap on potency per package. Recreational cannabis, however, is capped at 10mg THC per serving and 100mg THC per package. 


Verdes Cannabis has partnered with Blooming Cactus Wellness, a medical card provider in New Mexico. On the third Friday of every month, Blooming Cactus is at Verdes Zafarano

from 10am-1pm and Verdes Cottonwood from 2:30pm-5:30pm. They provide consultations and will guide you through the process of getting your medical card. Check out our Events Page to see their schedule. 

The Legal Benefits of a Medical Card

Understanding the legal protections and advantages of having a medical cannabis card is crucial for patients in New Mexico. While cannabis laws can be complex, having a medical marijuana card ensures legal compliance and protection. Medical cardholders can possess amounts according to their ‘patient units’, safeguarding them from potential legal issues.

New Mexico Medical Card Requirements for the Application Process

In New Mexico, obtaining a medical cannabis card involves adhering to specific requirements established by the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH). These requirements are designed to ensure that only individuals who require medical cannabis for therapeutic purposes have access to it. 

Let’s delve deeper into the criteria patients must meet to apply for a medical cannabis card in New Mexico.

Qualifying Medical Conditions

One of the primary requirements for obtaining a medical cannabis card in New Mexico is having a qualifying medical condition. The NMDOH has approved a list of debilitating medical conditions for which medical cannabis may be prescribed. These conditions include but are not limited to:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Patients must provide medical documentation confirming their diagnosis of a qualifying condition from a licensed healthcare provider in New Mexico.

Residency Requirement

Another crucial requirement for obtaining a medical cannabis card in New Mexico is residency. Applicants must be residents of New Mexico and provide proof of residency, such as a valid New Mexico driver’s license or state identification card. The NMDOH requires applicants to demonstrate that they have a bona fide relationship with a healthcare provider in the state.

Certification from a Qualified Healthcare Provider

In addition to having a qualifying medical condition and meeting the residency requirement, patients must obtain certification from a qualified healthcare provider registered with the NMDOH. The healthcare provider must be licensed to practice medicine in New Mexico and must be willing to certify that the patient’s medical condition qualifies for medical cannabis use.

Once patients have met all the requirements outlined by the NMDOH, they can submit their application for a medical cannabis card. The application process typically involves completing an application form and providing medical documentation, proof of residency, and certification from a healthcare provider.

Contact Verdes Cannabis for More Information

At Verdes Cannabis, we’re dedicated to serving our community and providing high-quality cannabis products to improve health and wellness. Whether you’re a seasoned patient or considering medical cannabis for the first time, our knowledgeable staff is here to assist you.

Stop by one of our dispensaries in Rio Rancho, Albuquerque, or Santa Fe, or shop online today to explore our wide selection of products and accessories. 

Contact Verdes Cannabis for more information about our products or to start your medical cannabis journey today.

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