Step 1: Work with a Practitioner
The first step in the medical marijuana application process in New York is to work with a medical practitioner who can certify that you meet the criteria. The practitioner can be a physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner that is licensed to practice in New York and registered with the state’s medical marijuana program.
If your current practitioner is not registered with New York’s medical marijuana program and/or unable to assist in your application process, you can contact a participating practitioner near you or a New York-licensed cannabis telemedicine provider.
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Step 2: Get Your Patient Certification
Once you and your medical practitioner have discussed your qualifying conditions, they will complete a patient certification and upload it to the Medical Cannabis Data Management System for approval. You will also receive a printed and signed copy of the certification so that you can complete your portion of the online application.
Step 3: Complete Your Medical Marijuana Application
After your practitioner submits your patient certificate, you’ll need to create an account on my.NY.gov and complete your application online. The online application form will request that you submit the practitioner certification. Patients receiving treatment in New York can prove temporary residency by submitting a lease, utility bill, or hospital bill.
Step 4: Get Your Card
Once your application is submitted and approved, you’ll receive a digital medical cannabis card to print and use for up to 30 days. Your permanent, hard copy will arrive in the mail in around 7-10 days.
Medical cannabis patients in New York are allowed to designate up to five caregivers who can purchase and administer products on their behalf. Caregivers will also need to register and obtain their own medical marijuana card.
Step 5: Your First Dispensary Visit
You are eligible to visit any state-licensed dispensary in New York as soon as you have your temporary card. Remember to bring a government-issued photo ID, along with your card.
Please note that as of May 2022 you will also need to show a copy of your most recent certification each time you visit the dispensary, in addition to your medical cannabis card and photo ID.