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New York Cannabis Facts

Updated on November 22, 2021.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

  • The most common severe debilitating or life-threatening conditions among medical marijuana patients in New York State are chronic pain (53.13%), neuropathies (14.59%), and cancer (12.18%).
  • Patients aged 51-60 years made up the greatest percentage of certifications (23.06%), followed by patients aged 61-70 (19.21%).
  • About 5% of patients are designated as terminally ill.
  • Nearly 12,000 caregivers are registered for the program.
  • Practitioners who can certify patients with a medical marijuana recommendation are:
    • Physicians
    • Nurse practitioners
    • Physician assistants (whose supervising physician is registered with the NYS Department of Health)
  • Temporary ID cards are issued to patients and caregivers with an approved registration, so they can get medical marijuana the same day as they register.
  • Patients and caregivers receive photo ID cards within 7-10 business days of registration.
  • There are 10 Registered Organizations (ROs) approved to do business in New York State. Each can have 4 dispensing locations where patients can buy medical marijuana products. To find a location, visit and click “Registered Organizations.” 

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