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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in New York

Medical Cannabis in New York

If you’re interested in obtaining a medical marijuana card in the state of New York, Verilife is here to guide you through the process. Every medical-use state has its own program and set of regulations, so make sure to follow our New York-specific guide below.

Interested in learning the difference between medical vs recreational cannabis? Read our guide.

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Getting Started

Before you begin the medical marijuana application process in New York, make sure you meet the following requirements:

  • At least 18 years old OR a minor with a designated caregiver who is at least 18 years old
  • A legal resident of New York
  • A diagnosis from the New York Department of Health’s list of qualifying conditions
  • A certified diagnosis from Illinois Department of Public Health’s list of debilitating conditions by a healthcare professional
  • A bona fide relationship with a medical professional currently registered with New York’s medical marijuana program

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 for a qualifying condition. 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.


Not sure how to talk to your doctor about medical marijuana? Here are a few tips for getting the conversation started.

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 New York Department of Health 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 and complete your application online.

The online application form will request that you submit the practitioner certification form and proof of residency. There are a number of ways to prove permanent or temporary residency in the state of New York:

  • ID number from your New York State Driver's License or New York State Non-Driver ID Card
  • Photocopy of a government-issued ID card that contains your New York State address
  • Photocopy of a utility bill with a New York State address that shows proof of payment for at least two months
  • Photocopy of a current mortgage or lease showing residency in New York State

Patients receiving treatment in New York for a qualifying medical condition 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 two caregivers who can purchase and administer products on their behalf. Caregivers will also need to register and obtain their own medical marijuana card.

Interested in becoming a patient caregiver. View our guide here.

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. There are a few things to know before making your first visit, so read our guide to make your experience as stress-free as possible.


Frequently Asked Questions

Patients seeking access to medical marijuana should first go to their treating practitioner. If a patient's treating practitioner is not already registered with the Department to certify patients for medical cannabis, information regarding practitioner registration can be found on the Department's website: Practitioner Education for the Medical Marijuana Program.

Once your application is approved, you’ll receive a temporary card you can use for up to 30 days. You’ll receive your medical marijuana card in the mail in about 7-10 days from the date of approval.

Log into your account on the New York Department of Health website, and select "Health Applications," and then the "Medical Marijuana Data Management System." Click on the three white lines on the top-left side of the screen. Select the "My Temporary Card" option from the drop-down menu. Select the blue link to open and print your temporary ID card.

Your medical marijuana card is valid for 12 months in New York. The physical recommendation from the physician may be good for up to 12 months, but it is up to the physician to decide the length of the certification. Both the medical marijuana card and physician certification must be in good standing to be eligible to purchase medical cannabis.

A patient must first designate you as a caregiver during their registration process. Once the patient has been approved, the caregiver will need to register with the New York Department of Health. Click here for more information on how to register as a patient caregiver.

A patient and their designated caregiver may purchase up to a 60-day supply of medical marijuana products in New York. This amount is dictated by the certifying physician.

Yes. Patients have the option to use medical marijuana instead of, or in conjunction with, opioids for post-operative pain management. Patients must be certified by a registered practitioner and registered with the New York State Department of Health's Medical Marijuana Program. Patients may wish to check with the facility where the surgery will be performed regarding their policies and procedures as it relates to the use of medical marijuana while in the facility.

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Every patient deserves the best possible care. Find out more about additional types of applications for medical marijuana use, including children and veterans.

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Fast and discreet medical cannabis delivery is available in New York.

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What you need to know before talking to your practitioner. Make your practitioner a part of your care plan.


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