Just below Colorado is the last of the mountain states, New Mexico. Now, you’d think this Western state would be marijuana friendly simply because of where it is located, but not actually. 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 has found a comfortable spot between the two.
New Mexico has had a medical marijuana program since 2007. Patients with ALS, anorexia, arthritis, cancer, cervical dystonia, chronic pain, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, hepatitis c, HIV/AIDS, hospice patients, Huntington’s disease, intractable nausea/vomiting, multiple sclerosis, painful peripheral neuropathy, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, or spinal cord damage can have up to eight ounces of medical cannabis over a 90-day period.
Medical patients (or their caregivers) can also do their own marijuana growing – up to 4 mature plants and 12 immature plants can be in the process of growing at any given time. This is because, in New Mexico, is allowed for medical marijuana patients.
Becoming a medical marijuana patient is the easiest way to grow legally in New Mexico. However, if you can’t get a doctor’s recommendation, you could also grow as a caregiver. Caregivers in this state need to be at least 18 years old, a resident of New Mexico, and approved by the patient’s prescribing doctor. Get your medical marijuana card at marijuanadoctors.com
Growing weed in New Mexico without being a patient or caregiver is difficult. This is not because of the area; growing weed is actually quite easy- New Mexico is a challenge because they have some of the strictest weed growing laws in the country. Growing any amount of weed in New Mexico is a felony with 9 years of jail time. That is motivation to get a medical card.
Growing in New Mexico
New Mexico and Arizona share a Native American population that has their own region on the border of both states. The Navajo Nation is the largest Native American –governed territory that also has the largest amount of land. Native American territories have their own laws, including ones on marijuana. Even though New Mexico marijuana growing is only permitted for marijuana patients, that rule may not apply in the Navajo Nation. President Obama recently gave Native American territories the option to make their own marijuana rules, which may mean more growing.
New Mexico is a state that is both generous and strict when it comes to marijuana. If you have a medical condition, you can grow a lot. If you don’t, you will need to be very discrete. The best way to do this is grow small amounts and don’t get caught. I explain specific strategies in my Marijuana Grow Bible. It is available as a free download.
Growing your own weed in New Mexico is very possible – as long as you take the time to get the right paperwork. If not, you will need to be very private, or move north to Colorado.
Marijuana legislation can be complicated, but Jenny Bloom is always up for the task. Although not a lawyer, her experience as a reporter and PR specialist helps her understand legalese – especially when it relates to growing marijuana. A passionate supporter of legalization and home... [read more]