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New York Medical Marijuana Laws & Information

Medical marijuana was legalized in New York State in 2014, but there have been quite a few changes since the Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act was signed into law in 2021. Now, the medical marijuana program is run by the Cannabis Control Board and the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM). 

If you’re interested in learning more about the New York medical marijuana program, review our guide below.

Become a New York Medical Marijuana Patient

New York state residents are able to apply for a New York medical marijuana card, as long as they go through the steps involved to become a certified medical cannabis patient.

Qualifications for Medical Marijuana in New York

The certification process begins with speaking to a healthcare practitioner who is registered with the state. New York no longer has a set list of conditions that qualify for medical cannabis–rather, it’s up to the medical practitioner to decide whether or not the patient would benefit from medical marijuana. 

Get a Medical Cannabis Card in New York

Once a registered medical practitioner certifies that you would benefit from medical marijuana in New York, you’ll need to register with the state. For a breakdown of how to apply for your New York medical marijuana card, check out our Get a Card guide.

Medical Marijuana in New York

As a licensed dispensary in the state of New York, it’s our job to help patients navigate the process of purchasing their prescribed medical marijuana. If you have questions about how to get a card, medical marijuana, or the products and tools you need to consume it, don’t hesitate to visit our medical marijuana dispensaries in New York. We have experts available to help you make an informed decision about your treatment.

New York Medical Marijuana Purchase & Possession Limits

Medical marijuana patients in New York are able to purchase and possess up to a 60-day supply of cannabis products.

Medical Marijuana Tax in New York

The state of New York charges a 7% excise tax on all medical marijuana purchases. 

Where Can I Use Medical Marijuana in New York?

New York allows adults who are at least 21 years old to consume cannabis products wherever smoking tobacco is allowed. However, marijuana is not permitted in the following scenarios:

  • Public or federal land
  • Any motor vehicle
  • Outdoor dining areas at restaurants
  • Traveling across state lines

Businesses, landlords, and certain municipalities may have additional rules regarding possession of cannabis. You should always check the rules for your location before consuming marijuana.

FAQs About Medical Cannabis in New York

Because the laws around medical cannabis have shifted over the past few years, we get plenty of questions. To make it easy to find the answers you need, we’ve answered our most frequently asked questions here:

How can I get a New York medical marijuana prescription?

To get a medical marijuana prescription in New York, you must be certified by a registered healthcare provider and approved for a registry ID card.

Does New York accept out-of-state medical marijuana cards?

No, out-of-state medical marijuana cards cannot be used in New York dispensaries.

How much marijuana can I purchase in New York?

Medical marijuana patients in New York can purchase up to a 60-day supply of medical marijuana products. This amount is dictated by the certifying physician.