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What are the 4 steps needed to obtain your marijuana card in New York?

Step 1 – Schedule an appointment with a New York Medical Marijuana Doctor.

To acquire your MMJ card in New York, you must first consult with a licensed physician who is qualified to recommend medical cannabis. This is typically your primary care physician. If not, a list of doctors can be found on the website of New York’s Medical Marijuana Program.

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Step 2 – Conduct your New York Medical Marijuana card appointment

After you have been evaluated, this practitioner will determine whether or not you are eligible for medical cannabis. If this is the case, you will be given a recommendation stating that you are eligible for medical cannabis. This is critical for your application.

Step 3- Register and submit your New York Medical Marijuana Patient Certification Forms online.

Now is the time to take a photocopy of your New York state ID, along with a letter from your doctor, and apply online through the New York Patient Registration System. If necessary, you will also submit $50 for the application fee here.

Step 4 – Where’s the nearest New York dispensary?

After submitting your application, you will receive an email confirming your acceptance or denial within a few days. If you are approved, you will be given a temporary medical card that you can use to make purchases. Your physical card will arrive in the mail seven business days after you have been approved, and you will be able to begin purchasing. 

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If a patient does not require an in-person appointment, a physician can conduct a telemedicine exam to determine whether the patient is eligible for medical marijuana use. Physicians should be aware, however, that the certification requires a handwritten signature. Telemedicine physicians in Missouri must follow Missouri’s existing telemedicine regulations

Qualified New York medical marijuana patients can now choose to see a marijuana doctor online rather than in person, thanks to medical marijuana telemedicine services.

Yes, recreational or adult-use marijuana was made legal in the big apple July 18th 2021.

Only a licensed medical marijuana doctor can determine if you qualify for the program, so we cannot guarantee your approval. However, if you do not get approved by our doctor you will receive a FULL refund! Our knowledgeable and friendly support staff is ready to help get you fully prepared for your appointment so that you have the best chance of approval, just give us a call at 1(877)783-1805 if you would like to know more.

No. Doctors must hold a valid license to practice medicine in New York and register with the Department of Health in order to certify patients for a medical marijuana card. All of our doctors here at My Marijuana Cards are registered with the state and demonstrate the knowledge and compassion necessary to give you the highest possible quality of care.

Yes. Veterans can obtain medical marijuana in the same way as any other patient at My Marijuana Cards. We are proud to help our veterans combat their medical conditions with medical marijuana!

Yes. Children (under the age of 18) can become medical marijuana patients in New York. However, the child must have a parent or guardian register as his/her caregiver.

Caregivers provide a service for medical marijuana patients (including those under 18) who cannot or do not wish to go to a dispensary to purchase their medical marijuana. A caregiver is able to purchase medical marijuana on behalf of the patient as well as help administer the medication. Caregivers are only appointed by patients and must be 21 years or older and register with the state as a caregiver.

The New York Department of Health online medical marijuana registry is open. The application fee is currently waived by the state, so registration is free. If you’re having trouble getting registered, you can contact us at 1(877)783-1805 for assistance 7 days per week.

No. The state decided not to issue physical ID cards, but patients will be required to have the digital copy of their medical ID card in order to be able to purchase from dispensaries.

Qualified patients may purchase and possess up to a 30-day supply of medical marijuana products, as determined by their certifying doctor and dispensary.

Dispensaries in New York currently carry a wide range of medical marijuana products including raw flower, concentrates, vapable products such as cartridges, oral products such as capsules and tinctures, topicals such as patches and creams, and more. Our doctor along with dispensary staff can help determine which forms may be best for you.

No, as a medical patient you are protected by HIPAA. My Marijuana Cards makes the privacy and security of our patients’ confidential information a top priority. No one will be able to find out your status as a medical marijuana patient unless you openly tell them or if you are administered a drug test for marijuana.

Yes. With New York being an at-will state and there not currently being any legislation in place that protects medical marijuana patients in the workplace, medical cardholders can still be administered drug screenings and receive disciplinary action regarding the results of drug screenings. For this reason, we recommend making sure you are fully aware of your employer’s policy regarding drug screenings and medical marijuana before moving forward with the process.

New York does not have any restrictions regarding patients on probation or parole, however, you must get permission from your probation or parole officer first before pursuing a medical marijuana card.

As a legal medical marijuana patient, you are protected. Patients do not have to disclose that they possess medical marijuana and do not have to consent to a search. However, if a search is conducted and medical marijuana is found, the patient should immediately present their patient ID card or direct law enforcement to the medical marijuana patient registry to show that they are a legal patient.

No. You must be certified in New York by a registered medical marijuana doctor to legally access and purchase from dispensaries in the state.

Yes, there are multiple states currently accepting New York medical cards. The laws for using out-of-state medical cards vary from state to state, so the best way to find out is by contacting a dispensary in the state you’re interested in visiting.

Yes! You do not have to be seen by the same doctor each year. If you were certified by another medical marijuana doctor last year and would like to switch to My Marijuana Cards, we will be happy to take care of you!

To register, all patients must have the following documentation:

  • A signed certification from a registered nurse in New York State
  • Proof of New York State residency in the form of a photo ID
  • For patients under the age of 18, a birth certificate is required.

Minors may become cannabis patients in New York if they have written permission from their parent/guardian.

In New York, MMJ patients can designate up to two caregivers. Your caregiver must complete the same application process as you. They are only allowed to assist a maximum of five patients in obtaining, possessing, and administering MMJ. Caregivers may also possess up to a 30-day supply on behalf of a patient.

To be eligible for a medical marijuana card in New York, you must be:

  • At least 18 years old
  • A resident of the state
  • Have at least one medical condition that qualifies

Minors are permitted in New York’s medical marijuana program; however, a parent or guardian must register on the minor’s behalf. This means that the adult is in charge of all cannabis purchases and decisions.

At the moment, marijuana products are only available in “non-smokable” forms. These are some examples:

  • Capsules
  • Oils
  • Sprays
  • Vaporizer products
  • Liquids

This means you can’t smoke cannabis flower or buy edibles from a licensed dispensary.

Here you can find a list of dispensaries in the New York Metropolitan area and statewide.

A New York medical marijuana card is valid for a year (1 year).

The qualifying medical conditions to receive your MMJ card in the Big Apple are:

  • Cancer
  • HIV infection or AIDS
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal cord injury with spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Neuropathy
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Chronic pain 
  • Pain that degrades health and functional capability as an alternative to opioid use or substance use disorder. 

The severe debilitating or life-threatening condition must also be accompanied by one or more of the following associated or complicating conditions: 

  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Severe or chronic pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures or severe or persistent muscle spasms
  • PTSD
  • Opioid use disorder

No. The New York MMJ program does not permit home cultivation. If you are caught cultivating marijuana in any amount, you will face a misdemeanor charge. It carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

The application fee for a medical marijuana card is $50 once you have received your MMJ certification from a qualified physician. The application fee is non-refundable. The DOH has, however, waived the fee as of the time of writing. You will also be charged for the initial physician consultation, which can range between $99 and $299. There are online services that provide a comprehensive service for around $139.

No, medical marijuana or related expenses are typically not covered by insurance companies.

With a valid MMJ card, purchasing medical marijuana is simple, and dispensaries can be found throughout the state.

Buying Marijuana at Retail Location

To legally purchase marijuana products, you can go to any of the 10 registered retail New York dispensaries. To buy marijuana, you must be a state-registered medical marijuana patient with a doctor’s recommendation. Bring a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification card to prove your age, name, and other information when purchasing marijuana. Whether you are a patient or an assigned caregiver, you must also bring your medical marijuana card with you.

Caregivers have the authority to purchase marijuana on behalf of a patient they represent. To become a caregiver, you must be at least 21 years old.

Marijuana Delivery Service

Marijuana delivery services are currently available in Albany, Queens, Rochester, and Brooklyn. Because marijuana laws vary by municipality, not every city in New York will allow marijuana deliveries. At this time, only registered medical patients and/or designated caregivers are eligible to receive medical marijuana deliveries. Vireo Health and Columbia Care are two dispensaries in New York that provide marijuana delivery services.

New York Dispensary Hours

In the state of New York, licensed dispensaries and shops must adhere to specific operating hours. Medical marijuana dispensaries and retailers in New York can open as early as 8 a.m. and stay open as late as 10 p.m.

Purchase Restrictions

Medical marijuana patients and caregivers are permitted to purchase up to 4 ounces of marijuana or marijuana-related products every 30 days. Patients are not permitted to consume more than 4 ounces of marijuana per month unless approved by two independent physicians. However, 4 ounces per month is quite generous, and we don’t see these rules limiting patients’ ability to purchase marijuana products.


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