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Cancer is one of the qualifying medical conditions for medical cannabis in New Mexico and can help relieve such side effects as pain, insomnia and nausea. For more information, visit or call 505-827-2321. Talk to your medical provider about adding it to your treatment plan. To apply: • Application forms can be found at: You can fill out a paper form or use the online portal. • Your provider will need to verify your condition on the application and sign it. • It can take 30 days for the Department of Health to process your application and another five days to receive your card in the mail. • You need to renew your medical cannabis license annually. Tips for buying cannabis products • Discuss the symptoms you hope to alleviate with dispensary staff. • Be upfront about your experience or lack thereof with cannabis to help determine doses. • Expect to spend more at the beginning as you test and try different treatments until you find what works for you. • CBD products do not require any type of medical card, but ensure you are getting them from a reputable source. • Recreational cannabis is legal to buy in New Mexico starting in April, but only medical cannabis is provided tax-free. • The Department of Health has a patient packet available on its website that provides information about safely storing and using your medical cannabis. You can buy medical cannabis in many forms, including honey, gummies, hard candy, chocolate, and the traditional flower for smoking.