Qualifying Conditions for a Medical Marijuana Card in New York (NY)

Updated on October 14, 2021. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Shatha Atiya.

To be eligible for medicinal cannabis in NY, a registered cannabis doctor must certify that you suffer from any of the qualifying conditions for a medical card. If your illness is not on the list of qualifying conditions, it is unlikely that a medical marijuana doctor will issue you with a cannabis certification. And without it, it is impossible to become a medical cannabis patient in New York.

After reviewing this page, you will know whether you qualify for the New York State (NYS) medical marijuana card. Eligible patients should advance to the NYS medical marijuana card page and book a consultation with a registered medical marijuana doctor. You will get your marijuana certification in minutes after a brief online appointment.

How to qualify for medical marijuana in New York – Am I eligible?

An Empire Stater seeking cannabis treatment will usually ask, “How do I qualify for medical marijuana in New York?” Well, you are eligible for medical marijuana in NYC if you meet the following requirements:

  • Adult applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • For minor patients, an appropriate person (parent or legal guardian) must apply on their behalf. Additionally, the parent or legal guardian must register as a caregiver.
  • Patients must be residents of New York.
  • Patients must be diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions for a medical card in New York.
  • Finally, qualifying patients must get a marijuana certification from a registered physician in New York.

What conditions and illnessess qualify for medical marijuana in NY?

Like most states with medical marijuana programs, New York allows patients with specific medical conditions access to cannabis treatment. Most of these conditions are severely debilitating or life-threatening.

Also, the law bars licensed physicians from certifying patients whose illnesses do not appear on the list of qualifying conditions. Luckily, the law allows for the addition of new medical conditions. And the list of qualifying conditions for a medical card has been growing since the inception of the New York State (NYS) Medical Marijuana Program.

Below is the complete list of qualifying conditions for a medical card in NY.

The New York State Medical Marijuana 2021 List of Qualifying Conditions Include:

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Cancer

Chronic pain

Epilepsy

HIV/AIDS

Huntington’s disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Multiple sclerosis (MS)

Neuropathy

Parkinson’s disease

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Spinal cord injury with spasticity

  • Pain that degrades health and functional capability as an alternative to opioid use or substance use disorder.
  • Additionally, patients qualify if they are diagnosed with a severe debilitating or life-threatening condition that is accompanied by one or more of the following associated or complicating conditions:
    • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
    • PTSD or opioid use disorder
    • Seizures
    • Severe nausea
    • Chronic or severe pain
    • Severe or persistent muscle spasms

I qualify for medical marijuana in New York – What’s Next?

Qualifying patients must register with the Medical Marijuana Program with their NY.gov accounts. After you confirm that you meet all the eligibility requirements, this is how to apply for the NYS medical marijuana card:

  1. First, you must book an appointment with a NY licensed cannabis doctor, then attend the online consultation to get a recommendation for medical marijuana treatment.
  2. Next, you must register as a qualified patient with the New York State Medical Marijuana Program. 
  3. Once your registration is approved, the Department will issue a temporary registry identification card through the My.NY.gov account. You may use it in conjunction with government-issued photo identification to buy approved medical marijuana products as you wait for your physical registry identification card (ID card) in the mail.

You can find out more about the NYS Medical Marijuana Program here.

Which documents am I required to submit for my medical marijuana application in New York?

Other New York medical marijuana requirements include a list of documents you must upload during your application. During your application with the New York Department of Health, you will submit the following:

  1. Proof of identity. For instance:
    • NY driver’s license
    • NY state identification
    • U.S. Passport
    • NY motor vehicle registration.

*Patients do not need to upload a copy of their state identification. They only need to enter the nine (9) digit number in the NYS DMV field provided on the registration screen.

  1. Proof of New York residency. For example:
    • NY driver’s license
    • NY state identification
    • Recent utility bill
    • NY motor vehicle registration
  2. A signed certification from an NYS registered practitioner licensed to recommend cannabis treatment.
  3. Parental or legal guardian consent form for minor patients. 
  4. Birth certificate for patients under 18 years of age.
  5. A recent photo of the patient with their head and shoulders and against a plain background. (For those without photo ID.)

Contact the New York Medical Marijuana Program.

Website: New York State (NYS) Medical Marijuana Program (health.ny.gov/mmp)

State Jurisdiction: New York State Department of Health

Phone: 844-863-9312

Email: mmp@health.ny.gov

Get more information on the New York State (NYS) Medical Marijuana Program.

Common questions about the qualifying conditions for a medical card in NY