Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in New York involves speaking with a doctor and then filling out some online state required registration paperwork. To become a New York medical marijuana patient, you can first talk with one of our doctors to see if you qualify and we will help you through the application process.
PrestoDoctor offers 100% online appointments with a certified cannabis doctor. Your appointment can be done from the comfort of your own home, and we often have same day appointments available.
New York does not require patients to have a qualifying medical condition. Your healthcare provider will decide if cannabis may benefit your condition. Below is a list of common qualifying conditions that may be benefitted from the use of medical cannabis:
- Chronic Pain
- Opioid Use Disorder
- Opioid Replacement
- 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 an objective neurological indication of intractable Spasticity
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease(IBD)
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
- Huntington’s Disease
To become a New York medical marijuana patient, you must present a valid, government issued state ID to register. Patients will also need a viable New York address. As of March 20th, 2023, patients do not need to provide a proof of New York residency.
After you are approved by one of our doctors:
Once the doctor approves you for medical cannabis, we will send you your Patient Certification Form. As of March 20th, 2023, patients will no longer need to register with the state and pay a fee. The New York Medical cannabis program is not sending out physical New York State ID cards.
In lieu of this, you will receive a digital copy of your Patient Certification Form with your patient ID number (this will look like a barcode).
You may now use this at dispensaries.
New York Medical Marijuana Program Updates
Since cannabis is now legal in New York, you don’t have to have a medical card to buy cannabis. However, having your medical card allows some benefits that recreational users will not have.
If you are under 21, you may be able to get your medical cannabis card in New York in order to use medical marijuana at 18 years old.
There is also a higher possession limit for how much cannabis you will be able to purchase and possess.
As a medical card holder, you may access a greater number of dispensaries that are for medical marijuana patients only. With the recent opening of recreational use, there will be many more dispensaries to buy medical marijuana in New York as well as more NYC dispensaries. Additionally, buying medical weed in New York from licensed dispensaries ensures the product is safe and tested.
To keep up with the latest updates, visit the page for the Cannabis Advisory Board here.
Medical Cannabis Patients
In New York, medical cannabis patients may possess a 30 day supply of cannabis to be determined by the physician. Recreational adults may possess up to 3 ounces for personal use. So, if you are a medical marijuana patient your possession limits may be higher.
Additionally, certified patients get the ability to cultivate their own cannabis plants. Certified patients, who are at least 21 years old, may grow up to 6 cannabis plants. In technical terms, this is three immature and three mature plants at their private residence. Plants must be concealed from public view and are for personal consumption use only.
There are still many benefits to getting your medical marijuana card in New York. Visit PrestoDoctor.com to sign up, or visit our website to message our support team with any other questions.
Office of Cannabis Management NYS
In recent news, the OCM is aware of phishing scams targeting applicants and licensees. The Office of Cannabis Management has stated that they never send links, provide any information, or require signature on a DocuSign. OCM has also stated they do not send emails requesting personal information.
If you believe you’ve been a victim to phishing, please visit its.ny.gov to change your login information and to report any information on phishing please.