Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is cannabis legal in New York?

    Medical cannabis is legal in New York, but it has not yet been legalized recreationally.

  • Who qualifies for medical cannabis in New York?

    To qualify for medical cannabis in New York, you must be at least 18 years of age, be an in-state resident, and have at least one qualifying condition. 

  • What are the qualifying medical conditions?

    The qualifying medical conditions for cannabis in New York 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

  • What if my condition isn’t on the list?

    If your medical condition isn’t currently listed, you may be able to petition to have your condition added. However, it is ultimately up to the Commissioner of Health. 

  • How do I find a qualified practitioner?

    First, always check with your primary care physician and see if they are registered to recommend you medical cannabis. If they aren’t, you can find a list of registered practitioners on New York’s Medical Marijuana Program’s website and choose one from there. 

  • What forms/doses of cannabis are allowed in New York?

    Smoking dried flower or consuming cannabis edibles is not allowed in New York. However, the state’s Commissioner can approve any other form of cannabis for patients. 

     

    Your physician will state on their recommendation the dosage (if required) and form of cannabis they recommend you take. 

  • Can I register on behalf of someone else?

    You can only register on behalf of someone else if that person is physically unable to complete the MMJ application process, or if that person is under the age of 18. If they are a minor, the person registering on their behalf should be their parent or guardian. 

  • What is the application fee for a NY MMJ card?

    The application fee for a NY MMJ card typically is $50, though the Department is currently waving those fees. 

  • How long will it take to get my medical card?

    As soon as your application is approved, you will get a temporary MMJ card that you can use until your actual card comes in the mail. You can expect your card to show up in about seven business days.

  • Where can I purchase medical cannabis?

    You can purchase medical cannabis from licensed dispensaries across the state. 

  • Does every dispensary sell the same products?

    No, not every dispensary sells the same cannabis products. If you’re curious about what a specific dispensary sells, you can reach out to the shop directly and find out. 

  • How much cannabis can I purchase at once?

    Patients can purchase up to a 30-day supply of cannabis at one time.

  • What do I do with expired/unwanted cannabis products?

    Before disposing of any unwanted or expired products, patients must first add water and then dirt or coffee grounds into the product, ruining the composition so others cannot consume/use them.

  • Can out-of-state patients purchase cannabis in New York?

    No, New York does not allow out-of-state patients to purchase cannabis in New York.