Are you interested in an evaluation and certification, to purchase medical marijuana products in New York State?
New York Residency
The first step is to determine whether you meet the residency criteria for the program. In order to participate in New York’s medical marijuana program, you must be able to demonstrate current residency in New York State. You’ll need to provide one of the following proofs of residency:
- ID number from your New York State Driver’s License or New York State Non-Driver ID Card.
- Copy of a government-issued identification card that contains your name and New York State address.
Temporary residents who are receiving treatment in New York for a qualifying medical condition may demonstrate residency by providing a lease, utility bill, hospital bill, or other documentation as approved by the Department of Health.
Qualifying Medical Conditions
Next, you’ll need to determine whether you have a qualifying medical condition. To participate in New York’s medical marijuana program, patients must have a qualifying condition and experience associated or complicating symptoms. The qualifying medical conditions are as follows:
- Chronic Pain
- Huntington’s Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Spinal Cord Injury with Spasticity
- Substance Use Disorders
- Any condition for which an opioid could be prescribed
The associated or complicating conditions include:
- Cachexia/Wasting Syndrome
- Opioid Use Disorder
- Severe or Chronic pain
- Severe Nausea
- Severe or Persistent Muscle Spasms
Additional qualifying conditions are being considered and added to the program on an ongoing basis.
If you can prove NY residency and you have a qualifying medical condition, the next step is to obtain a patient certification. When discussing medical marijuana, it’s important to be honest about your health situation and explain why you believe medical marijuana treatment will be beneficial to you. If we agree to approve you for the program, we will submit a patient certification form on your behalf.
Once you’ve received your patient certification, you’ll need to complete an online patient application for the medical marijuana program. The first step is to create an account at NY.gov and click on ”Health Applications” then “Medical Marijuana Data Management System” in order to access the online application form. The form will request basic information from you including your proof of New York residency. If your application is approved, you’ll receive your medical marijuana card in the mail.
Each patient may appoint up to two caregivers during the application process. A caregiver is a trusted individual you select who will be permitted to make dispensary purchases on your behalf if you are unable to visit in person. Once your application is approved, your caregiver(s) will need to register through the online system.
Visiting the Dispensary
Once you have your card in hand, you’re ready to begin making purchases at any NYS approved dispensary.