How do I Get a Medical Marijuana Card in New York?

by Haley Mills · September 12, 2022

Looking to get a medical marijuana card in New York? Here’s everything you need to know, from how to get started to what benefits you can expect.

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Whether you’re a New York resident considering applying for an MMJ card or if you are a current cardholder looking to move to NY, there are steps you can take to secure your medical marijuana card online. The New York medical marijuana card process can be done entirely online. 

One will first need to obtain a certification from a licensed physician that they have a qualifying condition. Once certified by a medical professional, patients can go through the application process online, either through the state website or telehealth providers. Read on as we go over the steps to apply, renew, and become a caregiver in New York. 

The United States and Legal Medical Cannabis

In the United States, medical marijuana programs have been legalized in thirty-six states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Medical marijuana programs allow patients with specified conditions to own, grow and utilize cannabis products to aid in managing their condition, even if recreational cannabis users are not authorized.

Approved requirements vary by state, and many programs will require patience to apply for a medical cannabis card. This process will typically include a consultation and evaluation by a physician. A primary care provider can often suggest it for medical cannabis patients with long-term or chronic conditions.

Medicinal Cannabis Use

Over fifty peer-reviewed medical studies have been conducted on the potential medicinal benefits of cannabis and its many cannabinoids and terpenes. The consensus that emerged from these studies is that cannabis can provide medical benefits for many different conditions.

While most of these studies have focused on the help of the specific cannabinoid CBD, other major and minor cannabinoids, in conjunction with terpenes, show significant promise in treating both physical and mental ailments.

NY Patient Eligibility

A New York medical marijuana patient must be 18 or older to visit a medical marijuana dispensary. Only those who can prove NY residency can apply for a patient id number and a license for the medical marijuana program (valid state-issued driver’s license, Government ID). A New York resident must also have medical history showing a diagnosis that qualifies a doctor to recommend them as a patient that can legally obtain medical marijuana.

Qualifying Conditions in New York

In 2014, medical marijuana was legalized for patients with several qualifying conditions in New York State.

 These medical conditions include: 

  • Acute pain management
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis 
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Epilepsy
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuropathies
  • Opioid substitution

Steps to Apply for a Medical Card

There are a few steps to get a medical marijuana card in New York with the help of Leafy DOC. First, you’ll select your State to receive the most accurate and up-to-date information about the New York medical marijuana card process.

Skip the wait at the doctor’s office and schedule your evaluation from the comfort and convenience of your home. Submit an intake form with a few personal details and a summary of your medical history; then, we’ll help you book an on-demand telehealth appointment or schedule a convenient time for later.

An online recommendation with Leafy DOC starts at 149 USD for new patients and renewals in New York. There is a money-back guarantee if you are not approved for New York medical use.

Connect with the right medical marijuana doctor in minutes and easily chat with your provider on a smartphone, computer, or tablet via phone call or video.

Our licensed physicians will evaluate your qualifying condition, address your questions and concerns, and then provide a recommendation for medical cannabis via email within two business days.

Log in to the New York Department of Health website at and register as a patient using your medical marijuana certification from Leafy DOC and the required documents.

After the State approves your registration, they will email you a temporary patient ID card and a physical card within ten business days. Once you have the MMJ card, you can visit New York dispensaries and purchase medical cannabis products.

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Can Leafy DOC help?

Absolutely! Not only can Leafy DOC provide a way to see a doctor via telehealth and obtain your medical card, but we also offer access to knowledgeable and helpful customer support and a personalized health coach that can guide you before and after the MMJ card process.

Our mission at Leafy DOC is to provide a seamless customer experience, educate people about cannabis, and ultimately help people get medical cards quickly and efficiently.

Additional MMJ Card Fees in NY

New York has recently waived the medical cannabis card application fee. Before 2020, it used to be 50 USD annually. After the state approves, the patient will receive a temporary ID card while the state prepares the permanent medical card.

The Renewal Process

It is recommended to renew around a month before the expiration date to have time to complete the renewal appointment and application. New York medical marijuana cards expire one year after the certification date on the physician’s recommendation. New cannabis ID cards are issued upon recertification approval for a NY medical marijuana card or a temporary medical marijuana card for out-of-state patients. There is no longer a renewal fee.

How to Apply as a Caregiver

A primary caregiver is an adult over 21 legally allowed to purchase, transport, educate, and administer medical cannabis to medical marijuana patients with a valid medical card.

Over thirty states have legalized medical marijuana programs, allowing caregivers to assist qualified patients. In these locations, state legislation provides legal protection for the patient and the caregiver from criminal penalties. 

When qualified patients apply for their MMJ card from the Office of Cannabis Management, they may designate up to five caregivers to assist in purchasing and administering medical marijuana.

According to New York Medical Marijuana Laws, to become a caregiver, the requirements are:

  • Must be at least 21 years old 
  • Must be a resident of New York State and have a valid New York State-issued driver’s license or a New York State identification card
  • It cannot be the patient’s certifying physician

Where to Purchase Medical Marijuana in New York

Once registered for the New York Medical Cannabis program and received your ID card, you may wonder what’s next. There are a few ways to buy medical marijuana products in New York as a qualified patient. 

New York offers delivery, pick-up, and more from many different licensed dispensaries across the state. You need a medical card to visit an MMJ dispensary; however, recreational dispensaries will soon be open for all adults over 21 years old.

Last Updated: January 30, 2024

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