standard-title New York Medical Marijuana

New York Medical Marijuana

New York Medical Marijuana

 On June 19, 2014, Assembly Bill 6357, was approved by the Assembly 117-3, and by the Senate 49-10 on June 20, 2014, and was signed into law by the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on July 05, 2014 (effective upon signature).

Assembly Bill 6357 effectively removes all state-level criminal penalties on the use and possession of marijuana by patients in possession of a written letter from a physician stating that he or she may benefit from the medical use of marijuana for alleviating symptoms caused by debilitating medical conditions and their medical treatments.
The New York Department of Health was given 18 months to establish regulations, and register dispensing organizations. 
In order to qualify for the New York Medical Marijuana Program, patients must be diagnosed with one of several severe and debilitating or life threatening conditions that are accompanied by an associated or complicating condition, and receive a written certification from a certified physician with whom the patient has a bonafide doctor relationship.
In order to become a certified medical marijuana physician in New York, physicians are required to complete a four-hour New York State Department of Health (department-approved) course, as well as register directly with the Department as a course accredited physician, qualified to certify patients.
The New York medical marijuana program explicitly prohibits the smoking of cannabis as a delivery method, and prohibits patients from having access to any plant material.


New York Department of Health

Phone 866-811-7957

EmailNew York Medical Cannabis Program 

WebsiteNew York Medical Cannabis Program 


Note from State, on sources for medical marijuana

The New York Medical Marijuana Program website lists five (5) registered organizations, with four (4) dispensing sites each.

“A certified patient may receive medical marijuana products from any dispensing facility of any Registered Organization in New York State,” Frequently Asked Questions [Accessed March 01, 2016]   

The New York Patient Registry application, is $50. The New York Marijuana Registry is mandatory, and does NOT accept other state’s registry cards.


The State of New York has a legalized medical marijuana program, which allows patients to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from a certified physician, and apply for a state-issued New York Medical Marijuana Card, permitting the patient to purchase marijuana for medicinal use, as per New York state guidelines. 

Since the New York medical marijuana program is still changing their laws and new New York medical marijuana laws are being enacted on a regular basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the New York medical marijuana program. Please click a corresponding link to find out more about New York’s Medical Marijuana Program. We have compiled the following New York medical marijuana index of information to serve as a medical library to our users for legal reference of New York’s laws, guidelines and program details regarding medical cannabis use in New York.

Please note: In order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services and/or department of justice. For a comprehensive list of New York’s qualifying medical marijuana conditions, please visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under “legal states”



On November 11, 2015, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill, permitting an expedited certification process for seriously ill patients and allowing marijuana producers to register “as expeditiously as practicable”.
On January 07, 2016, the New York medical marijuana program officially launches, with the opening of eight (of the expected twenty) dispensaries statewide.


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. 



Find out Who Qualifies for Marijuana in New York in our definitive guide of New York’s qualification guidelines. Read up on medical conditions that are covered under New York’s medical marijuana program, age restrictions, criminal conviction restrictions, and more.


Read New York’s Full Medical Marijuana Laws to gain full specific knowledge of New York’s exact legal guidelines without interpretation. We suggest that you print New York’s Full Medicinal Marijuana Laws for use with our MyDoc program in order to provide your physician full insight into New York’s laws for his knowledge.


Find out how to obtain a{n} New York Medical Marijuana Card with our guide to New York’s state medicinal marijuana ID program. Some states require that you obtain your card prior to obtaining your medicine, so read here first to ensure that you know New York’s requirements.


Our list of New York Medical Marijuana Facts will help you seperate the facts from the myths in New York’s state program. Find out the truth from the leading source in marijuana education.