Medical marijuana has proven itself to be quite effective in relieving symptoms of several diseases.
However, it took a lot of time to legalize it in many states. Several laws are governing its use and applications on daily basis as a prescription drug. One such rule is that of patient registration. As a registered patient, you receive a medical marijuana card which keeps you protected under the marijuana laws.
Each state has its own rules for registration, so if you live in New Mexico then the following rules apply to you.
Qualifications Needed for Obtaining the Card
As per the regulations of the New Mexico state, you can only qualify for obtaining the card if you are suffering one or more of the following diseases:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Hepatitis C (currently receiving antiviral treatment)
- Huntington’s Disease
- Hospice care
- Inclusion Body Myositis
- Inflammatory autoimmune-mediated arthritis
- Intractable nausea/vomiting
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord
- Painful Peripheral Neuropathy
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Severe chronic pain
- Severe anorexia/cachexia
- Spasmodic Torticollis (Cervical Dystonia)
- Ulcerative Colitis
Process of Obtaining the Card
The process of acquiring a medical marijuana card is fairly easy. To qualify, you simply need to meet the following criteria,
- You must have a New Mexico resident ID and be able to present proof that you are a resident of the state. This can be done with your utility bill, bank statement, or any paperwork that lists your name and a physical New Mexico address.
- You must be certified by a physician with a diagnosis of at least one of the 21 qualifying diseases mentioned above. The certification should include information stating that the disease you have been diagnosed with has a debilitating effect on your day to day life.
Role of a Professional in Obtaining the Card
Without certification from a professional, it is impossible to obtain a medical marijuana card. In fact, in many cases, you will be required to provide several documents supporting these certifications.
For instance, if you need cannabis treatment for PTSD you need the certificate of a psychiatrist. The diagnosis of the psychiatrist should clearly mention that you are suffering from PTSD and without medical cannabis, your chances of recovery are fewer.
In the same manner, if you are suffering from chronic pain then you need a second certificate in addition to that of your physician’s. This one should be from a specialist.
Likewise, if you are looking for medical cannabis because you are dealing with glaucoma, then you have to obtain a certificate from an ophthalmologist.
All these certifications require prior evaluations. You don’t have to visit multiple places if you live in Santa Fe, NM. Just visit Sacred Garden as we have affiliations with the Albuquerque Integrative Medicine who have physicians belonging to varying specialties. They will examine you and certify you as per the standards set by the government. Book an appointment with us today!