Cannabis Job Requirements for New-Mexico

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New Mexico

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Market Overview:

Cannabis was legalized in New Mexico in 2007 for medical use. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham legalized adult use cannabis by signing House Bill 2, the Cannabis Regulation Act, in April 2021. Sales went into effect on April 1, 2022.

The state topped $24 million in adult-use sales ($40 million, including medical) in August, 2022, the latest numbers available at time of writing.

The Cannabis Regulation Act combined the regulation of both adult-use and medical cannabis into one commercial cannabis framework, administered by the Cannabis Control Division, but the Department of Health continues to oversee the medical cannabis patient program.

Requirements & Application Process:

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

Any employee of a licensed 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.

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