New York Medical Marijuana Laws
New York Department of Health
Medical Marijuana Program
This Medical Marijuana Use registry in New York is a secure, electronic, and online database for the registration of ordering physicians and qualified MMJ patients. You may not legally obtain or use medical cannabis without being added to the registry. The first step in obtaining a medical marijuana card is to schedule an appointment with a certified MJ doctor. For the appointment, you must bring medical documentation supporting the diagnoses for which you are seeking medical marijuana treatment. You may also submit your medical documentation to the doctor before your appointment. MMJ Telemedicine is now an option with most MJ physicians. After the doctor evaluates you and, if applicable, recommends you for cannabis use, you must register for a marijuana card through the State of New York Medical Marijuana Program registry.
Due to COVID-19, telemedicine is allowed in New York. If interested in telemedicine, contact your MMJ doctor to determine if this is a possibility.
As initially implemented, the law permits qualified patients to possess a 30 day supply of cannabis-infused, non-smokable products but only non-smokable preparations allowed. Regulations announced by the Department of Health in 2017 states, “Registered organizations will be allowed to manufacture and distribute additional products including topicals such as lotions, ointments and patches, as well as solid and semi-solid products including chewable and effervescent tablets and lozenges. Certain non-smokable forms of ground plant material will also be permissible for manufacture and distribution.”
Yes, as initially enacted, five producers of cannabis-based preparations and up to 20 dispensing centers were to be licensed by the state. In 2017, the Department of Health registered five additional entities to manufacture and dispense cannabis-infused products.
New York residents who have serious medical conditions as certified by a medical marijuana doctor are considered marijuana patients. Patients register for an ID card and use that card to obtain medical marijuana products at New York dispensaries. In terms of designated caregivers, if they are New York residents, they must register for an MMJ card and go through a background check to be able to obtain and possess medical cannabis for the MMJ patient for whom they care.
Find a licensed marijuana doctor nearby to get your recommendation for a medical marijuana card.Find a Doctor
Medicinal marijuana and low-THC cannabis are available in New York for qualified patients. Each state determines which medical marijuana products are allowable. Some medical marijuana products allowable under legal marijuana state laws are vape products, capsules, flower, tinctures, CBD oil, CBD and THC edibles, to name a few.
Find Medical Marijuana Use Registry information, including general FAQs, approved medical conditions, steps to take to participate in the New York State Marijuana Program as a patient, registration information, and for the MMJ card renewal information.New York Department of Health