New York Medical Marijuana Card Laws
June 17, 2016

New York Medical Marijuana Card
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.

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.


  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 in the state of New York with proof of residency. If you do not have a New Jersey 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:
    • Cancer, positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Amyotrophic  Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable Spasticity, Epilepsy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease(IBD), neuropathies and Huntington’s Disease;

    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 or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, severe or persistent muscle spasms; 
    • 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 866-811-7957
Email: New York Medical Cannabis Program
Website: New York Medical Cannabis Program

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.