New York

New York’s medical marijuana program, which was signed into law in 2014, is not yet fully operational. Patients in New York will be allowed to possess up to a “30 day supply” of usable marijuana, so long as the supply is exclusively non-smokeable preparations. The law forbids patients in New York from cultivating marijuana at home. New York has also set strict regulation for state-licensed dispensaries; only five producers are allowed to operate at a time with a maximum of 20 dispensaries open at any time in the state. The New York medical marijuana program offers no reciprocity and is only available to in-state residents. Patients seeking to obtain a medical marijuana card in New York will eventually apply through the New York State Department of Health. The program is still in the midst of implementation, so no sanctioned application process is available at this time. Fees and application instructions will be provided by the state agency when they become available. New York has a relatively stringent list of 10 qualifying ailments:
  • ALS
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuropathies
  • Spinal cord damage
For more information about the medical marijuana laws in New York, patients can contact the Medical Marijuana Program directly using this contact form.