Frequently Asked Questions

You qualify for medicinal marijuana if you have been diagnosed with one or more of the following severe debilitating or life threatening conditions: 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 or chronic pain, or any condition for which an opioid could be prescribed (provided that the precise underlying condition is expressly stated on the patient’s certification). 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 or opioid use disorder (only if enrolled in a treatment program certified pursuant to Article 32 of the Mental Hygiene Law).
If your primary physician is not registered with the New York State Department of Health’s Medicinal Marijuana Program, he or she can recommend a physician who is registered. You can also use a qualified telemedicine service like Myself to receive your certification.NYS Department's website: Practitioner Education for the Medical Marijuana Program. Patients may access a list of registered practitioners by clicking on the "Looking for a Registered Practitioner" button on the Medical Marijuana Program website's home page.
New York State allows liquids, vape oil, inhaler, and capsules. The smoking of cannabis and edibles are both illegal in New York even with a Medicinal Marijuana Card.
You may purchase up to 30-days’ worth of approved medical marijuana from a state-regulated dispensary, owned and operated by one of the registered organizations in New York.
You will need to complete an application for a New York medical marijuana card through the Department’s online system You will also have to pay a $50 application fee and submit proof of identity and residency in addition to your written certification from a registered doctor.
Once your application has been successfully submitted and approved you will receive your card within three to seven business days.
Please visit the following link for information, including links to the Registered Organizations' websites: Registered Organizations
A certified patient may receive medicinal marijuana products from any dispensing facility of any Registered Organization in New York State. For the list of locations in New York, look at: Registered Organizations
Some dispensaries have delivery and online appointments. You can also add up to two caregivers (you will need to do this when you complete your application) who are authorized to pick up medicinal marijuana on your behalf.
All registered organizations can sell up to five brands of medicinal marijuana in different approved forms (liquid, vape oil, capsule, and inhaler). NYS mandates two products: One of those brands must be a low THC/high-CBD product, and at least one brand must contain equal amounts of THC and CBD. Each Registered Organization will likely have different products but should carry similar stock at each of their associated dispensaries.
If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to an emergency room immediately. If you believe you are experiencing an adverse reaction from the approved medicinal marijuana product, contact your practitioner.
Work with your certifying practitioner to determine if a change in product, change in dose, or discontinuation of the product is appropriate.
No. Only certified patients with a New York State registry identification card may purchase approved medical marijuana products in New York State. Also you cannot use your NYS MMJ card to buy products in other states. You must check that state's rules.
The New York State Department requires independent laboratory testing for every brand of product to be tested for any contaminants and to ensure product consistency. The Department's Wadsworth Center Laboratory will perform initial testing and analysis of final medicinal marijuana products until independent laboratories receive certification from the New York State Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP).

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