FAQ | Qualifications for New York Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana and the State of New York is one HOT topic at the moment, as the state recently moved towards a Medical Marijuana status. The only problem is that the new policy has brought with it strict rules and controls, compared to other medical marijuana states.

The qualifying conditions are significantly less than most states, and few registered state doctors are causing the process of obtaining a medical card to be a complicated and frustrating one. One of the major hurdles is the fact that there simply aren’t enough doctors, which is quite weird as the process of registering is a simple one. This often tends to be the case in states that are “New” adopters of medical marijuana. Most doctors still fear Federal Laws and are afraid to prescribe medical marijuana as a treatment.

Whatever the reason is, it is taking its toll on the industry as the medical cannabis sector in New York is growing at a slow rate compared to other states. Fortunately, we’ve done our homework regarding the laws and requirements of medical cannabis in New York and have brought to you this comprehensive collection of FAQs. We hope it will give you a clear understanding on how to obtain a medical marijuana card in New York.

Is Marijuana Legal in New York?

Yes, medical marijuana is legal, unlike recreational marijuana which is illegal.

What is New York’s Medical Marijuana Bill?

Legislators in Albany have introduced the Compassionate Care Act, a bill that would allow New Yorkers with debilitating or life-threatening conditions to receive access to medical marijuana under the supervision of healthcare professionals and under tight state regulation.

What are the Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana?

In the state of New York you can qualify for Medical Marijuana if a physician has diagnosed you with one or more of the following severe debilitating or life-threatening conditions;

Cancer, HIV infection or AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury with spasticity, epilepsy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathy, Huntington’s disease or chronic pain.

The severe debilitating or life-threatening condition must also be accompanied by one or more of the following associated or complicating conditions: severe or chronic pain, cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe nausea, seizures, or severe or persistent muscle spasms.

How do I get a Medical Marijuana Card?

The first step is to speak with a registered medical marijuana physician who can assess your case. It is crucial to understand that when applying for a medical card with the state, it is required to have a doctor’s recommendation. Furthermore, you are required to be a resident of the state.

To understand the complete process, please read our medical card guide: How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card In New York

How Often do I Need to Renew My Card?

The medical card lasts for a year and then needs to be renewed.
Patients with a terminal illness are allowed to receive a medical certification that is valid until the end of their lives.

Where can I get medical marijuana?

Unlike recreational states, you can’t simply walk into a dispensary and purchase marijuana. You will require a medical marijuana card that is issued by the state. For the full list of registered organization that are permitted to sell medical marijuana go to the New York State Registered Organizations Page.

What is the average cost of weed in New York City?

For the average New York consumer, $20 a gram remains a standard price. Delivery services are known to charge $50-$60 for 2.5 grams of cannabis. On a larger scale, estimates vary, but the price of pot (from low to high quality) can range from $100-$400 per ounce in New York.

How do I Contact the New York State Medical Marijuana Program?

Please find the states contact details here:

Phone: 866-811-7957
Email: mmp@health.ny.gov

What are the legal restrictions once I obtain medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana patients are permitted to have a 30-day supply of non-smokeable marijuana.

The bill allows a registered medical marijuana patient to have up to 2.5 ounces of weed without facing any
penalties. A designated caregiver may acquire up to 2.5 ounces for each of his/her registered patients.

Can I grow my own marijuana?

Absolutely not. New York laws only allow licensed dispensaries to grow, process and dispense marijuana. It is also important to remember; marijuana is illegal under federal law.

Can I take my weed home if I live in another state or country?

No. All marijuana products purchased in New York must be consumed in New York.

Are there legal restrictions on where medical marijuana can be used?

Yes. Registered medical marijuana patients cannot use weed in a “public place” or any place where tobacco is prohibited.

Can minors obtain medical cannabis?

If a patient is under the age of 18, then an appropriate adult (e.g., parent or legal guardian) can apply as a caregiver on behalf of the minor.

Can individuals with a prior drug conviction receive medical marijuana?

Absolutely, as long as they are certified as having a serious illness that requires medical cannabis.

For more information feel free to read the state’s FAQ page

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