How to Get a New York Medical Marijuana Card [2018 Guide]

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How to Get a New York Medical Marijuana Card

If you are a New Yorker and in need for a medical marijuana card then this comprehensive guide is for you.

Until recently, New York was notorious for having one of the United States’ strictest programs on medical marijuana – even though their laws weren’t much different than any other state with legalized pot, it was inconvenient, time-consuming, and expensive for residents to go through the proper channels of getting a qualified MMJ card.

However, that changed pretty significantly last year (2017) when a California company called NuggMD took advantage of New York’s State Senate Bill 2405, which allows for the use of “electronic information and communication technologies by telehealth providers, to deliver healthcare services [including] the assessment, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, education, care management and/or self-management, of a patient.”

Now, residents of New York can literally get approved for medical marijuana in less than a half an hour by a qualified physician, without ever having to leave their home. Here’s how to get a medical marijuana card in New York.

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Here’s All You Need to Know on How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in New York:

Step 1

The first step to getting a medical marijuana card in the state of New York is to speak with a physician/health practitioner that is registered with the New York State Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Program. You can either set up an appointment at an actual location, or you can speak with a physician online via NuggMD.

It is recommended that you obtain your medical records first, as this is typically required and will help speed up and streamline the process.

If the qualified physician deems you a suitable candidate for medical marijuana use, he or she will issue you a certification for medical marijuana – however, even after receiving the certification from a physician, additional steps must be taken before you can purchase cannabis from a legal dispensary.

*(Please note, to get an MMJ card you MUST be a resident of the state of New York. You will need to provide proof of residency, for example, a New York I.D, passport or another photo I.D)

Step 2

Once you’ve received the certification from a registered physician, you can then register with the Medical Marijuana program through the U.S. Department of Health’s online Patient Registration System. There are two ways to go about this:

  • You can ask your doctor to do this. Most will oblige.
  • You can submit your applications through the site or by using their contact form.

Once you’ve submitted your information, it will typically take the standard 7-10 business days for your medical marijuana card to arrive in the mail, at which point you can purchase legal marijuana from a qualified NY state dispensary.

What are the New York Medical Cannabis Card Costs?

Once you receive your certification from a qualified physician, the cost to apply for the medical marijuana card is $50. This is a non-refundable application fee. In addition to this fee, however, you likely will encounter additional costs/fees from the initial physician consultation, which can range anywhere from $50-$199.

What are Conditions Required to Receive a Medical Marijuana Card in New York?

According to the New York State Medical Marijuana Program patients in New York who are diagnosed with one of the following severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical conditions, are afforded legal protection under New York’s medical marijuana law, as per Assembly Bill 6357:

  • Cancer
  • Positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable Spasticity, Epilepsy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease(IBD), neuropathies and Huntington’s Disease

Patients who suffer from a severe debilitating or life-threatening condition or any of the following conditions may be entitled to medical marijuana:

  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures
  • Severe or persistent muscle spasms
  • Severe or chronic pain

Other Important Information on the New York Medical Marijuana License Process

My New York Medical Marijuana Card has Expired. How Do I Get a Renewal?

MMJ cards in New York are good for one year. Similar to most states, the renewal process is the same as obtaining a new card – you will have to re-submit your application annually (once per year), including the $50 application fee (and any additional fees for a new certification from a qualified physician).

Related Article: 3 Ways to Get a Medical Marijuana Card Online (in Minutes)

Can I take My Meds to a Different State?


Who Can Use Medical Marijuana?

To use Medical Marijuana you must be above the age of 21. If you are under 21, a parent or legal guardian can make the application for you as a designated caregiver.

Can I obtain a Medical Marijuana Card Online. 

There are services which assist with the online medical marijuana card process. These online services use Telemedicine to allow patients to apply for a card. Click here to see which service was voted best for 2018

Can I use Medical Marijuana Anywhere?

It is important to remember that when smoking in public, it may be assumed that you are using it for recreational use, which is illegal on a Federal Level. It is advised to consume your medicine responsibly, in the safety of your home or in a private residence.Also, smoking medical cannabis is currently prohibited in New York, even with a valid MMJ card. Marijuana products must either be taken in oil/liquid form or via capsules.

Related Article: How to Get Your Medical Marijuana Card By State

How Much Should I consume?

We are not doctors or physicians and therefore you should always consult with a professional before using.

If I am Not Approved in New York for a MMJ Card, What Should I do?

Unfortunately, if you are not approved for your initial medical marijuana certification by a qualified physician, there is nothing else that you can do within the state of New York. Marijuana is legal recreationally in Massachusetts (which borders NY to the east, but be advised that it is illegal to transport any cannabis products across state lines). Also, although Massachusetts is classed as a recreational state, it is still illegal on a Federal level.

If you have any other questions, feel free to view our New York FAQ page or contact us through our Facebook.

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How to Get a New York Medical Marijuana Card [2018 Guide]
February 1, 2017
  1. Joseph B

    I’ve used Nuggmd in the past. They offer a great online service and the card arrives quite quickly. Here is the link to their site

  2. Dina

    If you’re on disability will the cost be discounted?
    If your doctor doesn’t agree, what should I do?

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