23 Legal States

New York Medical Marijuana Card

Introduction to New Yorks Cannabis Card Program

As of July 5, 2014 patients that have been approved by a licensed practitioner will be able to obtain a New York medical marijuana card upon filling out and submitting correct documentation to the Department of Health. Shortly after application approval, a patient will obtain their New York medical marijuana card. Currently, there have been no guidelines set regarding temporary or interim medical marijuana cards. Additionally, it's unclear how much the drug will cost, but it will be up to the health commissioner to set the price. Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, who sponsored the bill, said patients can be prescribed as much as two ounces of the drug every 30 days.

Please note that in order to obtain a New York medical marijuana card, qualifying patients must be deemed eligible according to New York State marijuana guidelines, along with a doctor's consent. Patient's may obtain a written medical marijuana certification from a licensed healthcare practitioner upon receiving a comprehensive and thorough medical marijuana evaluation that details a patient's past health history.

Getting Your New York Marijuana Card

  1. Prospective New York medical marijuana patients who are looking to qualify for this type of treatment must first become diagnosed by a licensed physician for possessing one of the following chronic or debilitating medical conditions outlined by the state: Cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord damage causing spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies, or Huntington’s disease.

  2. Patients must also be a resident of the State of New York, providing a valid form of identification that they reside within the state's parameters.

Physicians will not “prescribe” medical marijuana in the same way other pharmaceutical medications are prescribed to patients. The State of New York has developed verification for marijuana authorization, meaning a physician may use to issue a written recommendation that a particular patient has been diagnosed with a condition eligible for the therapeutic use of marijuana.

A New York medical marijuana patient must have their medical marijuana card on them at all times, as this is protection against any legal prosecution. The State has organized a patient database that issues a particular certification number for alternative medicine. In addition, the recommending physician will have to explain the potential risks and benefits medical marijuana use to the patient or their legal guardian.