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How to Get a NY Medical Marijuana Card


Schedule an appointment to see a doctor in NY through Veriheal at a time that is most convenient for you. Our team is on standby waiting to help you get a consultation date set.

Consult with a doctor online for 10-15 mins to evaluate your ailments, and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment.


After the doctor approves you, you will receive a “Patient ID.” You’ll use this number and the information provided to you from Veriheal to register with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and complete your application online with the state. Once logged into the state portal, click on the Health Applications icon, and select the “Medical Marijuana Management System” link. The website will provide you with instructions on how to register a patient or caregiver.

You must prove your identity by entering your 9-digit driver’s license or state ID number (uploading a copy of your ID will slow down the approval process). You will also be able to use this number for proof of New York State residency or you can upload one of the following: Pay stub from within the last two months; Copy of your current lease agreement; Mortgage statement from the last two months; A copy of a utility bill from the last two months; NYC ID Card; Official Social Security correspondence showing your current address; Practitioner/hospital bill from the last two months.

Typically, a medical cannabis card application fee is $50 in New York, however, the fee is currently being waived for patients and their allowed caregivers as part of the Compassionate Care Act.


Once you are approved and registered with the New York DOH, you’ll wait for your New York medical marijuana card to come in the mail in 1-2 weeks. You can then begin buying

After completing your medical cannabis card application online and clicking submit, if you are approved, a window will pop up with a temporary medical cannabis card. A printout of this temporary card along with your ID can be used to purchase medical cannabis for up to 30 days from when the card is issued to you. You will receive a permanent copy of the medical cannabis ID card within 7-10 days in the mail.

A New York cannabis patient will need to be recertified annually by a licensed physician. Veriheal will get in touch with you when your certification is approaching its expiration to help you setup a renewal consultation.

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Just So You Know...

  • You can book a combo consultation with a friend or family member and you EACH get $10 off your appointment.
  • If you are not approved for medical cannabis by a doctor for whatever reason, we issue a refund in FULL.
  • Your recommendation is valid for 1 year in New York and you will need to re-certify your license with another appointment when it expires.

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About Medical Marijuana New York

The Big Apple and the rest of the Empire State took its first bite of medical cannabis in 2014 when Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law. Ever since, Gov. Cuomo has gone above and beyond attempting to legalize cannabis recreationally, even having a Pot Summit in 2019 with other East Coast governors.

In 2018, Gov. Cuomo added PTSD to the list of conditions, and in 2018, allowed medical cannabis to be used for opioid use disorder. As far as Gov. Cuomo is concerned, recreational cannabis would answer a lot of woes along with benefiting the physical wellbeing of thousands of citizens who suffer from a list of the state’s qualifying conditions. The second benefit recreational cannabis would bring in is up to 1.3 billion dollars in tax revenue, a number Cuomo predicted for 2019 to no avail. 

On May 3, 2019, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) released guidelines for laboratory testing on packaged medical cannabis products.  The products to be tested include capsules, pills, oral sprays, powders, tinctures, topical lotions, vape cartridges, cannabis flower and more.  These products are tested for cannabinoid potency, product stability, bacteria, mycotoxins, and containments through labs accredited through New York.  This is big news because testing confirms the safety of medical cannabis products for patients.

In September of 2020, New York released guidance for medical cannabis program research that is being done in the state, which now can occur with Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval.  This applied to both privately funded and federally funded cannabis research.

In March of 2021, Gov. Cuomo signed the Marijuana Taxation and Regulation Act into law, though recreational sales are at least a year out.  The law allows people over the age of 21 to possess, obtain, purchase or transport up to three ounces of cannabis.  It will apply a 13% tax on retail sales that won’t take effect until April 1, 2023.

Qualifying Conditions

New York state has more than a dozen qualifying conditions that make residents eligible for the statewide medical cannabis program including:

The severe, debilitating or life-threatening condition must also be accompanied by one or more of the following associated or complicating conditions:

Along with a qualifying condition, a patient must prove they are a New York resident with a valid driver’s license or state identification card. Though New York state charges a $50 annual card registration fee, as of September 2020, the state reports it is waiving all fees for the time being. After approval by the state, the patient will receive a temporary registration card while the state prepares and sends them a medical cannabis state card.


Becoming a Medical Marijuana Patient in NY

To become a medical marijuana patient in New York, there are three basic steps. First, you will book an appointment with a doctor from NY who will review your ailment(s) and medical condition(s). Second, once you are evaluated and approved, you will receive a medical cannabis recommendation from our licensed NY marijuana doctor and be registered with the NY DOH. The third and final step is once you receive your medical cannabis recommendation, you can request your NY medical marijuana card online from the New York DOH. It will arrive in a week and you can then begin to purchase medical marijuana from dispensaries in NY.

Registering a Caregiver in New York

A caregiver must also prove they are a resident of New York with a valid driver’s license or state identification card in order to be certified. Additionally, the caregiver must be listed on the patient’s application in order to be approved. Like the patient, a caregiver can possess a certain amount of medical cannabis at a time on behalf of the patient, who they have pledged to the state to assist. 

When a certified patient applies for their ID card from the state, he or she may designate up to two caregivers that will assist the patient in obtaining and administering medical marijuana. To become a caregiver, the individual:

After the patient’s application is approved, each caregiver must register with the DOH to receive a registry ID card that the caregiver can then use to obtain medical marijuana on the patient’s behalf.  Caregivers can follow the same registration instructions that are available for patients, which may be found here:

Like the patient, each caregiver must pay the $50 application fee unless he or she can demonstrate financial hardship which will waive that fee. As of September 2020, New York is waiving the application fees for the time being as part of the Compassionate Care Act.

Renewal of the Registry ID Card

The duration of the caregiver’s registry ID card is based on the duration of the patient’s certification. Accordingly, a caregiver’s registry card will expire at the same time as the patient’s card.  After the patient obtains a new certification from the physician and renews his or her registry card, the caregiver can apply for a renewal of his or her card.

Regulations permit a designated caregiver to obtain payment from the patient for the following two expenses only:

(i)    The actual amount charged by the dispensary for the approved medical marijuana product purchased for the patient; and

(ii)  Reasonable costs incurred in the transportation and delivery of medical marijuana product to the patient.

Each designated caregiver must also comply with the following requirements:

Possession/Use Limits and Cultivation

Patients and caregivers are qualified to possess up to 3 ounces of cannabis in various forms at home or in public. You can smoke cannabis in the same places you are able to smoke cigarettes except:

Certified medical marijuana patients are unable to grow cannabis at home until the state issues regulations for it later this year.  People over 21 who are not medical card holders will be unable to grow cannabis until late 2023 at the latest.  When people can grow, they will be allowed a total of 6 cannabis plants including 3 immature plants and 3 mature plants.  They will also be able to have up to 5 pounds of cannabis in their home legally but will still only be able to have 3 ounces outside of their homes.

More Info About New York

New York is one of the largest U.S. states on the East Coast in terms of actual area as well as the number of residents who reside in the state. NY is in the northeastern region of the United States and its capital is Albany.

While New York is home to many medical marijuana products and dispensaries, there are also many tourist attractions in New York. Many tourists like to visit Times Square and Central Park. New York is the home of the Statue of Liberty, a key symbol of the United States’ beliefs in freedom, equality, democracy, and opportunity.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find a registered medical marijuana doctor in NY?

Veriheal provides the physician for you! The most difficult part of the process has always been finding a registered physician who prescribes medical cannabis, but now we make that much easier by allowing you not only access to physicians, but you can meet with them online via video chat and get approved then and there.

No. You can only get approved for medical marijuana from a practitioner that has registered with the New York Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Program, and we provide that for you.

Yes! New York now allows people with chronic pain to be approved for medical marijuana use.

It’s a simple two-step process. First, you will meet with a doctor from the comfort of your own home, through video. After being evaluated, which usually takes 10 to 15 minutes, your physician will let you know if you will be approved for medical cannabis, and if so, you will receive your official recommendation and approval for medical marijuana usage in NY. If for some reason you are not approved via video, your consultation is free.

1) A valid government-issued ID that states your name a New York address (like a driver’s license or New York I Card)

2) A copy of a current utility bill from the past two months that shows your current address

3) A copy of a current government document (incoming mail) from the past two months that shows your current address

4) A copy of a current lease or residential document showing that you live at your current address

Once you are approved and receive your medical marijuana certification, you will need to simply register with the state of New York’s Medical Marijuana Program through the Patient Registration System.

You can create an account here:

Click the “Don’t Have An Account” button to create an account. Once created click on the “Heal Applications” icon and then “Medical Marijuana Data Management System” to register.

Once you are approved by the state of New York, your ID card will be mailed directly to you and arrive in a week.

The cost is $199 and that covers your medical evaluation, your consultation with a licensed NY practitioner registered with the DOH, and an authorized certification for medical marijuana purchases. For $379 you and a friend or family member can both get your cards for a nice little discount.

Once you have received your recommendation, you can simply get to the dispensary of your choice and they will assist you in applying. You can call them before you arrive to see exactly what to bring.

There are 10 Registered Organizations (ROs) that are approved to sell cannabis in New York. Each RO has up to 4 dispensary locations where you can purchase medical marijuana. You can see a list of New York dispensaries here.

You can contact each RO to see what types of products they have available. They can include vape cartridges, tablets, oral sprays, capsules, and oral powder. Smoking medical cannabis or purchasing edibles is not allowed, but that may change after New York legalized cannabis in March 2021.

You will need your 1-year certification from the doctor (US) and your NY Medical Marijuana Card.

Yes, if the reason why you are hospitalized is related to a qualifying medical cannabis condition that you have a New York medical cannabis card for. It is important to discuss this with the hospital you are/will be in as they have their own policies regarding cannabis.

No. There are currently no changes to the medical cannabis program in New York State except for the ability to possess three ounces of cannabis instead of two ounces. Any changes relating to product availability and the ability to grow your own cannabis have not currently changed and may take effect closer towards when recreational cannabis is available for purchase.

Places to Visit in NY After Enjoying Your Medicine

America’s Big Apple and the most densely populated city of New York is famous worldwide, called the greatest city in the world. The heart of Broadway, the most famous fashion district, several renowned art centers and museums, the famous philharmonic orchestra, top chef restaurants, A-lister nightclubs, and Central Park, New York City has an unparalleled culture and art history beginning with the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France on the waters within the five metropolis boroughs. And that is just New York City, not to mention the other thousands of square miles that travel up to five hours north. Bordering Canada, New York State is not only the host to the world’s most famous city, it even offers the option of another country along its northern border.

New York City

So much to say with such little space. To sum it up, spending a few days, or even weeks, in New York City is not enough time to take a bite out of the Big Apple, which is why locals live there and millions of visitors return year after year. Most start off their visit in the city at the Empire State Building, the most famous New York Skyscraper. After, a trip to Central Park anytime of the year becomes the memory of a lifetime. A ferry to the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island is also one of the most popular tourist travels, with locals still enjoying the trip across the Hudson River. Needless to say, taking in a Broadway show, standing in awe in Times Square, shopping on Fifth Avenue, or attending any annual events like the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony make a trip to New York novel every time. Next time you are taking a trip to a dispensary in the state, stop at any of the below best places for an even better day.

Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario parks and beaches in northern New York State are some of the most awesome coastal views available in the Empire State. With Canada on the other side of Lake Ontario, traveling across the famed waterway brings many locals and visitors into another country. In the summer, millions make the region home, spending summers in lakeside cottages, or weeks at a quaint bed and breakfast. While water sports including fishing, boating, skiing, and swimming are enjoyed in the summer, winters on the lake offer excellent snow-capped mountains waiting to be skied on.


Architecture fans are often found in Buffalo, home to the famed engineer and designer Frank Llyod Wright’s Martin residence. Not to mention, Buffalo is the second-largest U.S. city, with New York City only hours away as the first. One of the city’s main points of view is of the water, with locals and visitors alike gathering at Canalside, the city’s waterfront fully revitalized to meet any patron's needs. Historic museums, theaters, and parks fill up the rest of the city. Cultural day trips are available to explore the metropolis, or for the total New York Cities experience, two-day multi-rail tours make it possible to take a bite out of the Big Apple and Buffalo.

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