Although medical marijuana has been legal in New York since 2014, the process for obtaining the drug

MMJ in New York


Although medical marijuana has been legal in New York since 2014, the process for obtaining the drug through authorized channels is not as simple as in other states such as California.  

Legally Purchasing Medical Marijuana in New York

In order to legally purchase medical marijuana in New York, patients must be certified by a registered medical practitioner. 

Access is Restricted

Smoking cannabis is currently prohibited within New York, as are edible treatments. Currently marijuana can only be administered in the form of liquids, vape oils, inhalers and pills.

Only patients with qualifying medical conditions are eligible for a medical marijuana certification. Conditions which fall under this purview include: 

o Chronic pain 

o Cancer 

o HIV infection or AIDS 

o Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) 

o Parkinson's disease 

o Multiple Sclerosis 

o Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with medically proven incidents of involuntary muscular spasms and sudden stiffness. 

o Epilepsy 

o Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS) 

o Neuropathy

o Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 

o Huntington's disease

o Opioid Use or Opioid Replacement

Along with proof of these conditions you must also show clear evidence of any of the following related conditions:

o cachexia or wasting syndrome

o severe or chronic pain

o severe nausea

o seizures

o severe persistent spasms

o  PTSD 

o  opioid use disorder (only if enrolled in a treatment program certified pursuant to Article 32 of the Mental Hygiene Law)

Medical marijuana can only be dispensed in measurable dosages that do not exceed a thirty day supply of the substance in question (2.5 ounces).

All marijuana products purchased in New York must be consumed in-state.

More Lenient Procedures are Being Integrated

Despite the relatively strict laws governing medical marijuana in New York City, NY there are clear signs that legislation is moving in a more equitable direction. 

Previously, only physician’s who were registered as consenting medical marijuana practitioners were allowed to certify patients. However, these restrictions have now been expanded to include qualified physican's assistants and nurse practitioners.

Now that the qualification criteria have been expanded to include medical marijuana for chronic pain, opioid replacement and PTSD in NYS more patients can seek out legal certification without issue.

Prospective patients can legally enter marijuana dispensaries to find out more about products and treatment options. More companies are registering to manufacture and sell marijuana in the State. 

Patients can now have their treatments delivered right to their homes. 

In the past couple of years the New York State Department of Health has significantly streamlined the process for medical marijuana certification. While certification used to take several days to complete, the new automated procedure allows qualified practitioners to complete same-day certifications without any issues.