New York Marijuana Card
Marijuana Cards in New York
How to Become a NY Medical Marijuana Patient
How Patients Qualify For The NY MMJ Program
- Must be resident of NY or is being treated in NY.
- Must be being treated in NY for the condition for which you are seeking medical marijuana.
- Must be certified by a NY physician who has registered with DOH to recommend medical marijuana. NY MMJ doctors have to complete a 2-4 hour training course and filed paperwork with the DOH.
- Must be under that doctor’s care for the condition for which you are seeking medical marijuana
- Your doctor must believe and be willing to certify that you will receive some therapeutic or palliative benefit from medical marijuana.
- Must have a “serious condition,” as defined by the law.
- Must obtain a registry identification card from the Department of Health (DOH) and carry their NY medical marijuana card at all times that they are in possession of medical marijuana.
How to get a NY Medical Marijuana Card
NY Marijuana Card Patient Process
- Patients apply to DOH to become a certified patient.
- The application must include:
- Date of birth
- Doctor’s certification, which includes a statement that patient has a serious condition and is under doctor’s care for that condition
- Dates for which the certification is valid
- Name, address, Federal registration number, phone number and original signature of practitioner
- Certification expires after one year from the date the doctor signs it, or the doctor can specify an earlier termination date.
- If the patient is terminally ill, as certified by their doctor, the registration doesn’t expire until patient’s death.
- If the patient is under 21, a parent or legal guardian can make the application as the designated caregivers.
- Patients must pay $50 fee which can be reduced or waived if s/he is experiencing financial hardship.
- If the application is approved, DOH will issue the patients registry card that will include any limitations regarding forms or dosage made by the certifying doctor.