Qualifying Conditions for a Medical Card in NY

To access medical marijuana in New York, patients must have a New York State (NYS) medical card. However, just like in many states with medical cannabis, patients must be diagnosed with at least one of the qualifying conditions for a medical card in NY.

Here is the complete list of qualifying conditions for a medical card in NY:

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

New York Medical Marijuana Program

Qualifying patients must register with the ‘Medical Marijuana Program’ using their NY.gov accounts.

  1. First and foremost, patients must book an appointment, attend their online evaluation, then get certified for medical marijuana by a registered marijuana doctor in New York.

2. Once certified, patients must log in https://my.ny.gov/. Patients who don’t have an NY.gov account should click the “Don’t have an Account?” button to create a personal NY.gov ID first.

3. Next, patients should select the “Health Applications” icon, and then click the “Medical Marijuana Data Management System” link to register. For step-by-step instructions on how to register as a patient or caregiver, select the “HELP” link within the Medical Marijuana Data Management System.

Under the Compassionate Care Act, there is normally a $50 application fee. However, the Department is currently waiving the $50 fee for all patients and their designated caregivers.

4. Patients may designate up to two caregivers during the registration process. After the patient’s registration is processed, the designated caregiver(s) must then register with the Department using the same online system described.

5. Once a patient or caregiver’s registration is approved, the Department will issue a temporary registry identification card through the My.NY.gov account. This may be used in conjunction with government-issued photo identification to buy approved medical marijuana products as the patient/caregiver awaits his/her registry identification card (ID card) in the mail.

Most importantly, registrations expire when the certification that was issued by the practitioner expires. So, patients and caregivers must re-register each time a new certification number is issued.

Learn more on how to get a medical card in New York.

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Qualifications for a Medical Marijuana Card in NY

  1. Patients must be at least 18 years old. If the qualifying patient is under 18, then a registered and approved caregiver can apply on their behalf (Through Proxy Applicant Registration).
  2. Patients must be residents of New York.

What documents do I need to submit?

All patients must have the following documents to register for the New York State Medical Marijuana Program:

  • A signed certification from an NYS registered practitioner.
  • Photo ID. For example, NYS Driver’s License or NYS Non-Driver ID card. Patients don’t need to upload a copy of their ID, they only need to enter the 9 digit number in the NYS DMV field provided on the registration screen.
  • A recent photo of the patient inclusive of their head and shoulders and against a plain background if they lack photo ID.
  • Proof of NYS residency. For example, current lease agreement, pay stubs dated within the last 2 months, or mortgage statements from one of the last 2 months.
  • A birth certificate for patients under 18 years old.

How do I get medical marijuana in New York?

You can buy medical cannabis products from a dispensary in New York State, if you are a certified patient or caregiver registered with the NYS Medical Marijuana Program.

You must bring your medical marijuana card (registry ID) and your certification to the dispensary when buying medical cannabis products. Caregivers who are purchasing medical marijuana on behalf of their patients must bring their caregiver registry ID cards and their patients’ certifications to the dispensing facility.

Additionally, NYS medical marijuana patients can enjoy the convenience of home delivery services provided by some registered marijuana dispensaries in NY.

Contact the New York State Medical Marijuana Program

Phone: 844-863-9312

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.health.ny.gov/regulations/medical_marijuana/