New York’s Medical Marijuana Law
Under New York’s new medical marijuana law, a patient who has been certified by a healthcare provider to use medical marijuana will register with the New York State Department of Health and receive a patient identification card. Specially approved organizations — such as hospitals or community health centers — will dispense the medical marijuana to registered patients, under DOH supervision.
ONLINE REGISTRATION - MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM
Potential patients can now apply online to register for the Medical Marijuana Program. To start the process, you must be certified for the medical use of marijuana by a registered MMJ physician who has taken an online course and registered with the program. To find a list of cannabis doctors in NY near you look one up on our doctor clinic page:
After receiving the certification from their physician, patients must apply online for registration with the Department. Soon after registering online, patients will receive a registry identification card (ID card) in the mail. Certified patients must show the ID card when they purchase medical marijuana at a licensed dispensing facility. Please visit the NYS Department of Health website for more information.
Types & Quantities of Medical Marijuana a Certified Patient Can Obtain
- All allowable forms (e.g., extracts, tinctures, oils, edibles) of medical marijuana, including methods of consumption and strain, variety, and strength, are determined by the Commissioner and must be approved by the Commissioner before they can be sold.
- Smoking as a method of consumption of the only form not left to the Commissioner and specifically excluded from ‘certified medical use’ in the statute.
- No patients or caregiver can legally possess more than a 30 day supply as determined by the practitioner and consistent with any DOH regulations.
- Patients can get a refill of their medical marijuana can refill during the last 7 days of their 30 day supply.
- Medical marijuana must be kept in its original packaging.
- Medical marijuana cannot be consumed in a public place.