NY Marijuana Cards

How to get a medical marijuana card in New York

To get a New York marijuana card, patients must first be examined by a state-certified medical cannabis doctor to determine if the patient qualifies.

Once a patient receives their recommendation from a certified physician, they’ll be issued a Temporary Registry ID card which, along with a government-issued photo ID or a current driver’s license, can be used to purchase medical marijuana.

Renew a New York medical marijuana card

To renew a New York medical marijuana card, the patient must re-visit their certifying physician for approval. Patients seeing a different physician than the one that first approved them are required to provide their original medical marijuana card in addition to proper ID and pertinent medical records if requested.

If the physician signs off on the recommendation a new card should arrive in approximately ten business days. The card will be valid for one year. 

Patients should renew their cards thirty days prior to the expiration date.


New York state’s telemedicine laws allow medical marijuana patients to be evaluated via real-time, secure video connection.


The State of New York requires, by law, that all patient information on the medical marijuana registry remain confidential. Only if there is a violation or suspected violation of the program’s regulations by a patient or caregiver, can the Department share registry information with law enforcement.

Age restrictions

Medical marijuana patients must be at least 18 years old to purchase and consume cannabis products in the state of New York. Patients under the age of 18 with a qualifying medical condition and the permission of a parent or guardian may apply for a card via a state-sanctioned caregiver or a legal guardian over the age of 21.


In New York state, caregivers of at least 21 years of age may purchase medical marijuana on behalf of a patient. Individual caregivers are permitted to aid up to five patients at a time. 

Caregivers must be residents of New York with a valid government photo ID, or a state-issued driver’s license. 

Each medical marijuana patient may designate up to two caregivers at any time. 

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NY Medical Marijuana Certification Instructions

Schedule an appointment in person or online using telehealth telemedicine and visit with a NY marijuana card doctor. All medical marijuana doctors must be registered with the New York State Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Program in order to approve you for the program.

Once you receive a certification from your doctor you can register with the Medical Marijuana program through the Department’s online Patient Registration System. You’ll find detailed instructions on the registration process by visiting Information for Patients.

After being approved, within 7 days you’ll be issued a Temporary Registry Identification Card. In order to use this temporary card, you’ll need to present your driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification card when shopping for MMJ.  

You can purchase up to a thirty-day supply of medical cannabis with a temporary card.

To print your temporary card you can log into your account at https://my.ny.gov and select “Health Applications” and then “Medical Marijuana Data Management System.” Then click on the menu icon and select the “My Temporary Card” option from the drop-down menu.

Temporary ID cards expire 30 days after the date of issue. The expiration date is printed on the card. You should receive your official card prior to the temporary card expiring. If you don’t receive your official registry ID card within two weeks, contact the Department at 844.863.9312 or mmp@health.ny.gov to check on the status.

Where to Buy Medical Marijuana in New York

Once you are certified, you are allowed to purchase medical marijuana products from state-licensed dispensaries.

Keep in mind that not all dispensaries carry all products or even the same products, so it’s important to contact your local dispensary before you pay them a visit.

Dispensaries are also allowed to offer delivery service.

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