Apply for a New York Medical Marijuana Card

Talk to a licensed NY medical marijuana doctor and get approved or your money back! If you are not approved for medical cannabis by a doctor for whatever reason, we issue a refund in FULL

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Legal Status

Medical & Recreational

Possession Limits

Medical patients

Limited

60-day supply poss. limit

30 day supply purchase limiit

Recreational users

Limited

3 oz poss. limit

3 oz purchase limit

State Taxes

Medical patients

7%

Recreational users

13%

Cultivation

Cultivation

Why Get a New York
Med Card

Enhanced legal protection

Safe and tested cannabis

Legally cultivate

More dispensary options

Pesticide-free products

Save over 6% on cannabis purchases

New York Savings Explained

Excluded from 6% excise tax
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Potency Tax Savings
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Access to Higher Potency strains
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HUGE Cash and Time savings!

How to Get a NY Medical Marijuana Card

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1BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

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.

2GET APPROVED

After the doctor approves you, you will receive an official New York State Medical Cannabis Patient Certification. This certification will include your unique Registry ID.

New York does not require MMJ patients to register with the state, so a formal application is no longer necessary before using your certification. After you receive your Registry ID from Veriheal, you can present this documentation directly at the dispensary alongside your valid government ID.

The state has permanently waived the $50 application fee to apply for a medical cannabis card.

3VISIT THE DISPENSARY

Once you are approved by a licensed New York medical marijuana doctor, you can use your Registry ID directly at any dispensing site. Simply present your certification alongside valid government-issued identification to purchase medical cannabis products.

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 set up 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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Medical Cannabis Savings Taxes explained and the benefits of getting your medical card in New York

Recreational Marijuana Taxes in New York

13% (9% sales tax + 4% local tax)

Medical Marijuana Taxes in New York

7% excise tax

Savings

Estimated Savings Having a Medical Marijuana Card

6%

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About Medical Marijuana New York

In recent New York cannabis reform, Assembly Bill 7795 permits pharmacists to act as practitioners, certifying them to consult and recommend medical cannabis treatment options to new patients within the dispensing facility they work for.

Additionally, Assembly Bill 7826 establishes reciprocity for out-of-state medical cannabis patients, allowing qualified patients from other states to participate in New York’s medical cannabis program. Visiting patients with valid medical cannabis recommendations will be allowed to purchase medical cannabis from dispensaries within the state, and may use their medicine in accordance with local laws. 

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.

Recreational marijuana sales are anticipated to begin in 2023, but no dates have been formally set. 

New York will also begin regulating hemp-based products, requiring these products to adhere to particular standards including, labeling, testing, and manufacturing rules

Qualifying Conditions

On January 24, 2022, The medical cannabis program of New York dropped the requirements that patients must have particular conditions to get medical cards. Physicians are now able to prescribe medical cannabis for any condition if they feel the patient may benefit from its use. 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. The state has permanently waived the medical cannabis card application fee. Before 2020, it used to be $50 every year. 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 Office of Cannabis Management, he or she may designate up to five 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: http://www.health.ny.gov/regulations/medical_marijuana/patients/

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 products 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 may be able to purchase up to 60 days worth of medical cannabis instead of the previous 30 day purchase limit. 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.

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. Visit www.healthy.ny.gov/mpp and click “Registered Organizations” to find a location.

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. Cannabis flower may now also be purchased.

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.

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.

Yes. You can now purchase cannabis flower and are able to possess three ounces of cannabis instead of two ounces

Yes, the process for renewing your card with Veriheal is simple in New York. Annually, Veriheal will get in touch with you when your certification is approaching its expiration to help you set up a renewal consultation.

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.

Buffalo

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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