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Updated on January 28, 2019.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

As of July 5, 2014 patients who 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 receive their New York medical marijuana card. The New York Marijuana Registry is mandatory — all patients MUST register. Note: Registration with the New York Marijuana Registry expires when the medical marijuana recommendation from the licensed practitioner expires.

The New York medical marijuana program limits the total amount, of usable approved medical marihuana, that may be dispensed to a patient, in measurable controlled doses — to NOT exceed a thirty (30) day supply.

New York medical marijuana regulation explicitly prohibits the smoking of cannabis as a delivery method, and prohibits patients from having access to any plant material — patients are NOT allowed to cultivate cannabis.

Key Benefits of a New York Marijuana Card

It’s essential to get a New York medical marijuana card before you can legally possess cannabis. With this card, you’ll be able to walk into any accredited cannabis dispensary and obtain your approved dose for treatment. If you’d like to get started with medical marijuana in New York, offers a special service to help you connect with qualified marijuana doctors, get your registry ID card and enjoy the following benefits:

  • Access to registered dispensaries — In New York, marijuana laws are very strict and you can only buy medical marijuana legally from an approved dispensary. Your marijuana ID card allows you to buy the amount of marijuana prescribed by your doctor to treat your medical condition. As a cardholder, you can buy vaporizers, tinctures, cannabis concentrates and a variety of legally approved accessories.
  • Protection from criminal or civil penalties — Since possession of marijuana, even in small quantities, is prohibited in New York, you need your card to possess a prescribed amount of medical marijuana. Your card permits you to conceal and carry an approved quantity of cannabis so you can use it to treat your medical condition.
  • Access to affordable marijuana — In New York, the prices of medical marijuana are regulated by the Department of Health and the laws related to the Medical Marijuana Act. With an ID card, patients can enjoy stable marijuana prices. This also gives you the privilege to shop around and select a dispensary with competent staff who knows the best strains of cannabis for your condition.

As of September 2017, a medical marijuana card also gives patients access to information about the cannabis products in a dispensary. Patients who are entering qualifying dispensaries have the ability to consult with an RO representative about products and to get information about the medical marijuana program.

We Provide Instant Access to Qualified New York Marijuana Doctors

To receive an ID card for medical marijuana in New York, you need to obtain a physician’s statement and prescription to certify that you have one of the qualifying medical conditions. Not all primary healthcare providers will be ready to do this for you, but you can easily find qualified doctors through our website.

If you go to our New York medical marijuana doctors page, you can enter your zip code and the doctors close to your residence will appear in the search results. For each doctor displayed, you’ll have the opportunity to review patient feedback and make inquiries before you request an appointment. The doctors in our network are prompt, efficient and committed to providing the certification you need to receive your card.

We also provide resources for doctors who are looking to become certified to recommend medical marijuana to NY patients. As of August 2017, the state of NY medical marijuana program offers a two-hour condensed version of the online training program to become certified to prescribe medical marijuana.

Get All the Help You Need Here

At, we provide step-by-step guidance for all patients and caregivers who need to obtain a New York medical marijuana card. We take you by the hand and lead you through all the stages of the certification and registration process. We also provide all the information and connections you need to meet every legal and regulatory requirement to get your card without delay.

For more details on how to obtain your New York marijuana card, continue reading below or contact us if you need further assistance. Our goal is to make the process quick and easy so you can get the medicine you need.

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* Please note: 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 created a patient database to issue a particular certification number for alternative medicine. In addition, the recommending physician is required to explain the potential risks and benefits medical marijuana use to the patient, or their legal guardian.

If you are a patient who is unable to fill your medical marijuana recommendation, there are many ways to receive your medicinal cannabis. Patients can designate a caregiver to receive their medical marijuana or have their medical marijuana delivered to their home. As of October 2017, care facilities can also receive a patient’s medical marijuana, so long as that facility has registered with the state of New York as a caregiver.

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in New York

    1. Patients are required to obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from their primary care physician describing the diagnosis of their qualifying condition – *Learn how to request your medical records
    2. Patients are required to obtain a signed Physician’s Statement from a physician, currently licensed to practice medicine in New York – *Find a certified medical marijuana physician in New York
    3. Patients must be a resident of the state of New York with proof of residency. If you do not have a New York I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc is acceptable.
    4. To qualify, a patient needs to be diagnosed by a physician as having one of the following debilitating medical conditions that is specifically identified in the law:

      Patients could also suffer from a severe debilitating or life-threatening condition or any of the following conditions where it is clinically associated with a complication of a condition under this paragraph or its treatment:

      • cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe nauseaseizuressevere or persistent muscle spasms
      • severe or chronic pain – effective December 01, 2016
      • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – effective November 11, 2017
      • or such conditions as added by the Commissioner
    5. The patient registry application fee is $50 – the registry is mandatory and does NOT accept out-of-state cards.
    6. Submit applications to:
      New York Department of Health
      Phone 844-863-9312
      Website: New York State Medical Marijuana Program
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Finally, a helpful & informative website! answered all of my medical marijuana questions and helped me schedule an appointment with an accredited doctor in my area.~Susan - Denver, CO