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How to Get a New York Marijuana Card

Is Medical Marijuana Legal in New York?

In July 2014, New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act which permitted the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Patients must obtain a New York medical marijuana card after getting a written certification from a physician in order to purchase and consume medical marijuana products from a licensed New York dispensary. New York Marijuana Card can help you get approved for treatment through our medical marijuana telemedicine evaluations.


How to Qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in New York

In order to qualify for a New York marijuana card so you can legally purchase medical marijuana from licensed New York dispensaries, you must fulfill the following qualifications:

  1. Be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition

  2. Have the official written certification from a certified New York physician

  3. Be a New York resident with proof of residency (New York Driver’s License or New York State ID card).


What Conditions Are Approved for Treatment With Medical Marijuana?

The statute defines a “serious medical condition” as any one of the following:

  • Cancer


  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Spinal cord injury with spasticity

  • Epilepsy

  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

  • Neuropathy (weakness, numbness, pain from nerve damage)

  • Huntington’s disease

  • PTSD

  • ​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

Get Approved for Medical Marijuana in New York Through Telemedicine

At New York Marijuana Card, we offer medical marijuana evaluations through telemed so you can get approved for medical marijuana right at home using your smartphone or computer! Appointments will take place through a video conference where you will meet with one of our doctor as they review your medical history and discuss medical marijuana treatment.

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Schedule a telemedicine appointment with one of our friendly marijuana doctors.
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Meet with our physician through a video conference using your computer or smartphone.
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Step 3
With the doctor's approval, you'll receive your New York medical marijuana card.

How to Get Approved for a New York Medical Marijuana Card ​

If you have previously been diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions, or believe you are currently suffering from one, you are most likely eligible for medical marijuana treatment in New York. The next step in the process is to find a certified physician to review your medical condition(s) and if appropriate, recommend you for medical marijuana treatment.

All New York medical marijuana physicians must complete a two to four hour course as determined by the Commissioner of Health. Physicians are trained in courses such as the pharmacology of marijuana,  side effects of marijuana, dosing, routes of administration and more to ensure they have all information possible to help evaluate patients.


Once you've identified the physician you wish to see, you will need to schedule an evaluation. During your appointment, the physician will discuss your medical condition, as well as your medical history. We recommended bringing a copy of your medical records to the appointment.


If your New York medical marijuana doctor is able to confirm your qualifying condition and believes medical marijuana is an appropriate treatment option for you, you will receive a signed certification from the physician recommending medical marijuana and or medical marijuana products as part of your treatment plan. After your appointment, you will need to submit the written certification to the New York Department of Health along with a $50 annual registration fee.

After your registration has been processed and approved, you will be issued a Temporary Registry I.D. Card which may be used with a government-issued photo identification until you receive your New York medical marijuana card in the mail. It takes approximately seven business days to receive your marijuana card.


What Information and Forms Are Required When a Patient Applies for a New York Marijuana Card?

The following are required when submitting your application:

• The application form

• The completed Physician Written Certification

• Photocopy of your New York issued driver's license or state ID, please be aware that your name and address on your application form must match what is listed on your New York driver's license or ID

• The non-refundable $50 application fee.

How to Find a Medical Marijuana Doctor in New York

In order to obtain a medical marijuana card in New York, patients must first find a physician licensed by the State of New York, schedule an evaluation, and be identified as having one or more of the qualifying conditions to receive a recommendation. Patients can be approved for medical marijuana treatment in New York through telemedicine.


Am I Guaranteed to Get Approved for Medical Marijuana After My Evaluation?

We can’t guarantee approval for anyone, as the doctor is the only person that makes the determination whether or not a patient qualifies. To make it more likely that you receive approval from the doctor, we recommend that you bring as much information as possible to your appointment regarding your medical condition and past treatments.


​Why Get a New York Marijuana Card?

Effective Treatment ​

If you are currently suffering from one or more of the qualifying conditions, we strongly suggest that you initiate your treatment regimen under the supervision of a physician who has the training, compassion and belief in the medicinal qualities inherent in cannabis. At New York Marijuana Card, all of our doctors are not only licensed under the State of New York but also have taken additional continuing medical education cannabis courses to ensure that they have critical and recent information related to the therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana.

Access to Dispensaries 

The New York Department of Health supports the use of medical marijuana (in its various forms) as a low risk and successful method of treatment for any one or more of the qualifying conditions. With a New York marijuana card, you'll be able to access licensed New York dispensaries and purchase medical marijuana products. These state-licensed marijuana dispensaries will carry many forms of medical marijuana in varying strengths and potency. You will be able to buy products such as tinctures, oils, topicals, and capsules. The sale of marijuana flower and edibles are prohibited in New York.

Legal Protection ​

Your New York medical marijuana card makes it easy for you to demonstrate to law enforcement that you are registered with New York's medical marijuana program, and thereby allowed to possess, transport, and consume medical marijuana products.


I Have a Qualifying Medical Condition, How Do I Get Approved for Medical Marijuana?

If you are currently suffering from one of the qualifying conditions listed above, then you are eligible for medical marijuana treatment in New York. However, before you can enter dispensaries and begin purchasing medical marijuana products, you will need a New York marijuana card. The easiest way to obtain a New York medical marijuana card is through our services here at New York Marijuana Card!


What Is a New York Medical Marijuana Card?

A New York marijuana card is simply the patient identification card that you will receive from the Department of Health once you've been registered as a medical marijuana patient in New York. With your New York marijuana card in hand, you'll have all of the legal rights and benefits granted to patients under the State's medical marijuana laws. You will also have access to licensed New York dispensaries where you can purchase medical marijuana. The card itself will look similar to any other identification card you might have. It will have your picture on it, your address, and a unique patient identification number. ​


At New York Marijuana Card, we understand that the medical marijuana laws in New York can be confusing, and that your primary care physician may not be prepared to discuss medical marijuana as a treatment option if you have a qualifying condition. That is why New York Card makes the process easy and convenient for patients! Our friendly patient support staff will carefully walk you through the entire process, from helping you collect your medical records before your appointment, to submitting your recommendation to the New York Department of Health after your appointment. Also, we have the most affordable pricing anywhere in the state of New York!


Please give us a call today if you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment.​

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