How to Work In Cannabis

Requirements by State

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Politics, budgets, and public support vary widely by state, which means each state’s requirements to work in the cannabis industry look completely different from one another.* This map and corresponding state information is not updated in real time. For up-to-the-minute information on requirements to work in cannabis, visit the governing body links provided on each state page.

17States & DistrictsAdult use cannabis is legal
21States & DistrictsMedical cannabis is legal

How to get your cannabis license in:

Shape of New Mexico

New Mexico

Adult Use:
Market Overview:

New Mexico had the first medical cannabis laws enacted by any state, and was legalized in 2007 for medical use. In 2021, New Mexico’s governor legalized adult use cannabis and projected sales to begin in mid-2022.

Currently, employment is only possible through New Mexico's Medical Cannabis Program.

Requirements & Application Process:

Who needs a Medical Cannabis Program (MCP) License Identification Card?:

Any employee of a licensed medical cannabis business in New Mexico. The application for the MCP License Identification Card must be filled out by your employer (the licensed cannabis business). Your ID card is only valid for the time you work at the cannabis business and will need to be returned to the MCP upon separation from the business. This means you will need a new ID card for each business you work for. New Mexico Department of Health, MCP License Identification Card Request


  • Completed application, signed by both the applicant and a representative of the licensed business
  • Photocopy of identification
  • State criminal background check
  • Nationwide criminal background check
  • HIPAA Certification
  • Food handler safety certificate (if applicable)
Background Check Requirements:

Both state and nationwide background checks are required in order to receive your MCP License Identification card.

Additional Links:
Additional Job & Salary Information:

2021 Salary Guide

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