Growing Marijuana in New Mexico

May 19, 2021

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Just below Colorado is the last of the mountain states, New Mexico. Although it borders Colorado, it also borders Arizona and Texas. While Arizona allows medical marijuana and welcomes patients from other states, that is all it does. Texas, on the other hand, is starkly against anything remotely related to marijuana. New Mexico sits comfortably between the two. For years, New Mexico was medical use only, but on April 1, 2021, everything changed.

Medical Marijuana New Mexico

Medical patients (or their caregivers) can also do their own marijuana growing. They can have up to 4 mature plants and 12 immature plants in the process of growing. The new law also permits recreational growing. Recreational dispensaries arrive in 2022.

While the laws are clarified, it’s easiest to grow legally as a patient or caregiver in New Mexico. Caregivers in this state need to be at least 18 years old. They should also be a resident of New Mexico and approved by the patient’s prescribing doctor. Get your medical marijuana card at

Growing weed in New Mexico used to be difficult – not because of the area; growing weed is actually quite easy. It was difficult because the state used to have some of the strictest weed-growing laws in the country. Growing any amount of weed in New Mexico was a felony with 9 years of jail time. The new law changes this.

Growing in New Mexico

Growing in New Mexico

New Mexico and Arizona share a Native American population on the border of both states. The Navajo Nation is the largest Native American –governed territory. Native American territories have their own laws, including ones on marijuana. President Obama gave Native American territories the option to make their own marijuana rules, so check with tribal authorities.

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With their latest law, New Mexico is now quite generous when it comes to marijuana. If you have a medical condition, you can grow a lot. If you don’t, you can grow a lot. Learn how to make the most of your time by reading the Marijuana Grow Bible. It’s a free download.

Growing your own weed in New Mexico is very possible – especially now. Plus, you don’t have to move north to Colorado.

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FAQs about Cannabis Growing Laws in New Mexico

What’s included in New Mexico’s medical marijuana program?

The medical marijuana program in the state of New Mexico includes many conditions, such as anorexia, arthritis, cancer, hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, intractable nausea/vomiting, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, and spinal cord damage. It is legal for patients to possess up to eight ounces of medical cannabis over a 90-day period.

How many plants are medical patients allowed to grow in New Mexico?

Medical patients (or their caregivers) can also do their own marijuana growing. They can have up to 4 mature plants and 12 immature plants in the process of growing.

Did you know that marijuana is not yet legal in Jamaica? Know more about weed culture in this fair country in our free e-book, Ganja Livity.

What’s your experience with marijuana where you live? Please share with us in the comments.

It’s just a plant, after all …


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  1. By New Mexico Aims to Reduce Marijuana Penalties – I Love Growing Marijuana ,15 Mar 2017
    […] The cannabis industry is already expanding in New Mexico, although most policy changes are quite young in the state. MJ Biz Daily has reported in a recent article that an American medical marijuana company has already created an international […]Read More
  2. By Jessica m ,21 Mar 2017
    Its more of a question than a comment .... Where can I buy clones in abq NM
  3. By Sarah ,13 Nov 2017
    In NM you can only grow if you are the property owner at the grow site, or if you obtain written permission from the property management if you are a renter. Caregivers may only grow at their patient's property, and […]Read More
  4. By Robert Welch ,17 Oct 2018
    Can I rent space to apartment dwellers that have a medical caredso they can grow their own medical cannabis
  5. By Ryan ,08 Apr 2019
    What constitutes a mature plant according to the law? One that's ready to be chopped, or a certain week of flowering? That's pretty vague for a law.
  6. By Gino ,17 May 2019
    Yes was wondering if the despenseris here in LasCruces need properties so they can grow on for their business...if so please let know m..... thank you for your time
  7. By Aaron ,18 Jul 2019
    I'm still trying to find out if you can grow on tribal land the year of 2019 if it got past by law if you apply for a ppl yes or no look what happen to picuris pueblo 2018 got […]Read More
  8. By dave ,03 Apr 2021
    recreational mj can now be grown in NM! 6 plants per person or 12 per household/.
  9. By Melissa ,21 Apr 2021
    Question? How far away from a public school do you have to live to have a grow?
  10. By Bill ,25 May 2021
    Can I grow in my backyard after June 29th?
  11. By Billy ,25 May 2021
    Can you grow in a New Mexico backyard after June 29th

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