Medical Marijuana in New York

Medical Marijuana in New YorkMedical Marijuana in New York

Are you looking to get Medical Marijuana in New York?   Learn more about how to get your medical use card.  The talented team of doctors here at CalmEffect are here to help guide you through every single step of the process.

Medical Marijuana in New York

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Medical cannabis can be used for many different symptoms and patients can often get a bit confused by the process. Let our talented staff help you.

Simple 3 Step Process

Want to get your medical cannabis prescription quickly and efficiently? Our 3 step process allows you to get in contact with a doctor near you fast.

Am I Eligible?

If you are in a medical marijuana state, and suffer from a condition that can be treated with cannabis, inquire with our Doctor's for a consultation today!

Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

New York - Qualifying Conditions:

Medical Marijuana Conditions for New York are as follows (Updated February 6, 2020).  You may be eligible for medical marijuana if you have been diagnosed with one or more of the following severe debilitating or life-threatening conditions:

  • Cancer
  • HIV Infection
  • AIDS
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Spinal Cord Injury with Spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Neuropathy
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Chronic pain (as defined by 10 NYCRR §1004.2(a)(8)(xi))
  • Pain that degrades health and functional capability as an alternative to opioid use or substance use disorder

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

  • Cachexia
  • Wasting syndrome
  • Severe or chronic pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures
  • Severe or persistent muscle spasms
  • PTSD or
  • Opioid use disorder.

Please talk to your practitioner about whether medical marijuana may help you.

Please refer to the New York State Medical Marijuana Program FAQ for more info, or call our advisors below.  We are happy to help you every step of the way so you can start living your best life!

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Medical Marijuana in New York - Connect with Doctors

With a growing roster of Doctors who can prescribe cannabis all over New York, Calm Effect is ready to help.

Our 3-Step Doctor Process Works

By following these steps, if your doctor recommends medical marijuana as a solution for your condition and unique symptoms, you'll be eligible for a New York dispensary license with access to our growing roster of dispensaries across the entire state. Mail-order and walk ins are available.

If you are ready to start your journey with Medical Marijuana in New York, we are here to help you.

Where to Buy Marijuana in New York

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1/12/21 - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) stepped up his push to legalize marijuana in 2021 by featuring it in his State of the State address.

1/8/21 - New York's lieutenant governor tweeted, "It's time to finally legalize recreational marijuana and create an equitable adult-use cannabis program that generates much-needed revenue for New York."

1/7/21 - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) unveiled details about his plan to legalize marijuana in the state in 2021. The moves come one day after nearly a third of the state Senate cosponsored a new bill to legalize cannabis.

1/6/21 - A New York senator—along with nearly a third of the full Senate joining as cosponsors— filed a bill to legalize marijuana in the state in 2021.

Also, Marijuana possession has become New York City police's most frequently-issued criminal summons.

12/31/20 - New York lawmakers have already prefiled eight marijuana bills for 2021 as they and the governor step up the push for full legalization. The new legislation focuses on tenants’ rights and insurance coverage for medical cannabis patients, and much more.

12/30/20 - New York senators filed a bill to protect people from being evicted from their homes for medical cannabis use.

12/28/20 - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) issued clemency to people with marijuana, drug and other convictions.

12/4/20 - New York's Republican Assembly minority leader said he agrees with Democrats that the state will legalize marijuana in 2021.  “There’s still back and forth but I suspect this year, this will actually get done."

11/25/20 - New York’s Senate majority leader said that legalizing marijuana is inevitable, and that the effort is boosted by this month's cannabis vote next door in New Jersey.  A poll found that New York voters support legalizing marijuana, 60%-32%—the highest backing ever in a Siena College survey.

11/6/20 - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said the time is “ripe” to legalize marijuana and that the "pressure will be on because we need the money so badly.”  "I think we get there this year."

10/29/20 - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) sent a press release touting proposed rules that would allow CBD-infused foods and drinks. Separately, the state's lieutenant governor reiterated that marijuana legalization will likely be part of the budget next year.

Also, A poll found that New York City residents support legalizing marijuana, 61%-30%.

10/28/20 - A new poll found that New York residents support legalizing marijuana by a two-to-one margin. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) recently said he thinks the need for economic recovery amid the coronavirus pandemic will encourage the state to legalize cannabis “soon.”

Also, New York regulators released proposed rules for CBD products that would allow infused foods and drinks.

10/26/20 - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said the state will legalize marijuana “soon” to help with the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.  “We need revenue and we’re going to be searching the cupboards for revenue. And I think that is going to put marijuana over the top.”

10/20/20 - The top cannabis advisor to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said marijuana legalization will be included in his budget again in January, with the goal of enacting it into law by April. He also spoke about forthcoming rules to allow CBD-infused foods and drinks.

Also, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) spoke about how more Republicans are joining Democrats in working to legalize marijuana and end the war on drugs.

“We’ve been able to propose solutions on a wide spectrum towards decriminalization, towards legalization, and that is increasingly becoming a position that more Republicans are amenable to... There are some areas where you can find common ground.”

10/15/20 - House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said the decision to delay a vote on his marijuana legalization bill by leadership was "the prudent choice, because they weren’t sure of the votes."

Also, A New York senator introduced a bill to create a public bank that could accept funds from marijuana businesses.

10/12/20 - New York's Assembly majority leader spoke about her support for legalizing marijuana.

10/2/20 - New York's Assembly majority leader said she still needs support from 10 more lawmakers before bringing a marijuana legalization bill to the floor.

9/28/20 - The New York City Police Department is being sued for allegedly forcing an officer off the job for using medical cannabis.

9/22/20 - The New York State Unified Court System launched a free, one-page form people can fill out to have their marijuana possession conviction records completely destroyed.  “If you decide to apply for destruction, the arrest, prosecution and criminal history records related to your expunged marihuana conviction are destroyed, and there will be no record of your arrest or conviction for these charges. In other words, it will be like it never happened.”

9/21/20 - Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) spoke about how she is trying to get Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to evolve on marijuana legalization.

9/16/20 - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, "The time has come to decriminalize marijuana in this country." He also tweeted, "I’m fighting for the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act in the Senate. ✔️ It ends federal prohibition. ✔️ It addresses much-needed criminal justice reforms. ✔️ It provides opportunities for minority- and women-owned small businesses."

9/10/20 - The New York State Association of Counties is calling on state lawmakers to legalize marijuana as a way to offset economic losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

9/7/20 - House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said his marijuana bill getting a floor vote this month has "probably unanimous" Democratic support and "considerable Republican support."  Also, Curaleaf has reportedly been ordered by New York regulators to stop selling ground flower medical cannabis products.

9/1/20 - House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) tweeted, "We can't fix our broken criminal justice system without decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level and expunging federal marijuana convictions. My bill, the MORE Act, enacts those reforms, and I'm glad that it'll receive a full House vote this September."

8/31/20 - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, "Senator McConnell: It is past time for the Senate to vote to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level." He also tweeted, "Senate must vote to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. I’ve been fighting in the Senate for Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act I introduced to end the federal prohibition, make criminal justice reform, & provide opportunities for minority- and women-owned small biz."

8/20/20 - New York regulators said they will not submit a hemp plan for federal approval, calling the U.S. Department of Agriculture's rules "unrealistic."

8/17/20 - New York Democratic congressional nominee Mondaire Jones said it is “shameful” that the Democratic National Committee voted against adding marijuana legalization to its 2020 platform, and he argued that it will be up to Congress to push a President Joe Biden on cannabis and other progressive issues. 

8/11/20 - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to delay implementation of final legal hemp rules and extend the 2014 Farm Bill's pilot program, citing coronavirus concerns.  "As we move into harvest season, farmers will need to operate with as much certainty as possible but timing and testing requirements will likely create bottlenecks that will push farmers to rush harvests. The potential for greater numbers of people working in facilities to meet the rush may create opportunities for COVID to spread among farmworkers."

8/6/20 - The Albany Times Union editorial board wants New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to appoint a commission to study issues related to marijuana legalization.

7/28/20 - New York Democratic congressional candidate Dana Balter said she supports legalizing marijuana and expunging past convictions. 

7/27/20 - The New York Senate passed a bill to make more people eligible to have their past marijuana convictions expunge.  And, The House of Representatives approved an amendment from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) to shift $5 million from the International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement account to the Economic Support Fund.

7/24/20 - The New York Assembly Rules Committee approved a bill to vacate records for some past misdemeanor marijuana convictions.

7/23/20 - The New York Senate passed a bill to protect patients from being evicted from their housing for using legal medical marijuana. 

7/22/20 - The New York Assembly Codes Committee approved a bill to vacate past marijuana records.

7/21/20 - New York lawmakers are not expected to tackle marijuana legalization during a rare summer session this week.

7/17/20 - The New York Assembly Codes Committee will consider a bill to vacate past marijuana records on Friday.

7/16/20 - An aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) called accusations that he hasn't done enough to help enact marijuana legalization and other progressive priorities "small and asinine palace intrigue."

7/8/20 - The New York City Commission on Human Rights finalized a local ban on pre-employment marijuana testing for most workers, but added new last-minute exceptions that will still allow some companies to screen applicants for cannabis. The policy takes effect on July 24, 2020. 

7/1/20 - New York's Assembly majority leader said she is in "constant conversation" with the speaker about marijuana legalization and questioned Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) commitment to working to get the policy enacted.

6/17/20 - The U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York advocated against marijuana legalization at a press conference announcing a large bust at the Canadian border.

6/16/20 - New York Democratic congressional candidate Adam Schleifer released a marijuana legalization plan.  Also, The New York Daily News editorial board is urging presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to endorse legalizing marijuana.

6/11/20 - Buffalo, New York's mayor reiterated a prior order ending low-level marijuana possession arrests, asked the police commissioner to ensure that the smell or possession of cannabis no longer just causes for the search of a person’s residence or vehicle and ordered police to implement a policy providing for the issuance of appearance tickets for all non-violent crimes that do not involve property damage, weapons-related offenses or large drug sales.

6/10/20 - New York Democratic congressional candidate Dana Balter supports legalizing marijuana and expunging records. 

6/5/20 - New York Sen. Julia Salazar (D) is pushing to pass a package of criminal justice reform bills—including marijuana legalization—amid ongoing protests over police killings of black Americans. 

5/28/20 - New York’s state-level coronavirus relief program blocks marijuana dispensaries from eligibility just like the federal one does. Medical cannabis has been legal in the state since 2014, though the businesses—along with payday loan providers, pawn shops, strip clubs, liquor stores and astrologers—can't get COVID aid. 

5/25/20 - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said “I believe we will” legalize marijuana. Lawmakers will reportedly reconvene this week, though it’s unclear if cannabis will be on the agenda before the end of the 2020 session. 

5/21/20 - The New York Assembly's Health Committee chair said that "marijuana legalization is just one of the reasons the legislature should return to work as soon as possible."

5/18/20 - Several New York senators sent a press release about the urgent need for marijuana legalization. 

5/14/20 - New York City's public advocate issued a statement celebrating the city's ban on pre-employment marijuana testing going into effect. 

5/12/20 - As of Sunday, New York City’s ban on pre-employment marijuana testing for many workers is now in effect. There are exceptions, however, and regulators say they won’t punish some companies that test for THC even while those rules are still being finalized. 

5/6/20 - The chair of the New York Senate Finance Committee suggested that marijuana legalization could still pass this year.

5/5/20 - New York hemp and CBD regulation legislation took effect on May 1.

4/27/20 - New York’s Assembly majority leader says she still wants to pass a marijuana legalization bill in 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic.  Also, Rochester, New York's mayor and City Council president introduced a proposal to end pre-employment drug testing for THC for city employees. 

4/20/20 - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said legalizing marijuana might be too complicated an issue for lawmakers to negotiate and pass remotely via Zoom meetings during the coronavirus pandemic but that it’s up to them.  “In terms of passing legislation remotely, they can do that. That’s up to them. As far as getting into a very complex issue that requires real analysis and real data and trying to do that on Zoom conferences, I don’t know that that’s the best way to do it, but that’s up to them also.”

3/31/20 - According to a draft summary document obtained by Marijuana Moment, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) proposal to legalize cannabis will not be included in the state budget set to be passed this week. 

3/27/20 - The New York Assembly majority leader said that it is more important than ever to legalize marijuana as a possible recession approaches.

3/23/20 - A key New York senator told Marijuana Moment that while legal cannabis may not end up in the budget due to urgent coronavirus focus, there’s "no reason we cannot negotiate and pass a nation-leading legalization model when the crisis is over."

3/20/20 - A key New York lawmaker is raising doubts about whether marijuana legalization will be included in the state budget, though Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has said in recent days he still wants it in. 

3/19/20 - Some New York lawmakers are expressing opposition to including marijuana legalization in an expedited budget amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

3/18/20 - New York regulators said that medical cannabis dispensaries are essential and can stay open amid coronavirus-caused business closures.

3/18/20 - New York lawmakers filed a revised marijuana legalization bill that they hope to work into the budget, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said he still wants issues like cannabis to be addressed in the spending legislation that could pass this week on an expedited basis due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

3/12/20 - New York's Senate majority leader said that marijuana legalization and other issues lawmakers hoped to address through the budget aren't dead but are less of a priority than responding to coronavirus.

2/12/20 - The New York Assembly majority leader said it is "very likely" marijuana will be legalized this year.

2/6/20 - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said that he is prepared to sign a marijuana legalization bill "today" but acknowledged that it is "not an easy vote" for some lawmakers.

1/13/20 - New York's lieutenant governor tweeted, "Recreational marijuana should be legalized, regulated and taxed in New York. It’s time to get this done. This is about jobs and boosting our economy."

1/10/20 - The New York City Commission on Human Rights held a public hearing on what kind of jobs should be exempt from a new prohibition on pre-employment testing for marijuana.

1/8/20 - New York City officials plan to lobby state lawmakers to legalize marijuana this year.

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Medical Marijuana in New York

The state of New York is comprised of 5 boroughs, residing where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean. One of the more well-known cities in New York is Manhattan, a borough that is highly populated and is one of the world’s major commercial, cultural, and financial centers. New York is home to a number of iconic sites, which include the Empire State Building and the beautiful Central Park. Within Times Square is the famous Broadway theater, which is presented in neon lights. New York is also home to legendary sports teams, such as the Yankees and the Giants, as well as some of the best food in the country, boasting the best pizza and delis of all the land.

How do I get a prescription for Medical Marijuana in New York?

In order to get a prescription for medical marijuana in New York, patients must meet one or more of the qualifying conditions. Qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in New York include, but are not limited to, HIV/AIDS, cancer, severe nausea, seizures, PTSD, and chronic pain. If you have any of the qualifying conditions listed by the state of New York, you can then visit a certified physician and discuss medical marijuana as a potential treatment option. Information regarding practitioner registration can be found on the state department website.

How do I get my Card for Medical Marijuana in New York

After seeing a certified medical marijuana doctor, and receiving a recommendation for medical marijuana as a treatment option, patients must then register with New York’s medical marijuana program through the state department’s patient registration system. After your registration is approved, patients will be issued a temporary registry identification card, which may be used in conjunction with a government-issued photo identification card/proof of identity until the registration is complete.  Patients are required to provide forms of proof of residency and proof of identity when applying for their medical marijuana card, along with paying a registration fee of $50.

Where do I Purchase Medical Marijuana in New York?

After receiving a recommendation for medical marijuana by a certified physician, submitting your medical marijuana card application, and receiving your medical marijuana card approval, patients can then visit any New York state dispensaries to purchase medical cannabis products. Registered dispensaries are allowed to dispense up to a 30-day supply of medical marijuana to certified patients. There are currently over 10 different medical cannabis dispensary organizations within the state of New York, each having multiple locations throughout the state.

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New York State Medical Marijuana Doctors: Our Service Areas

Our roster of Medical Cannabis Doctors are ready to serve you in these areas and more. Once connecting with a Doctor through Calm Effect, you will have access to our roster of medical marijuana dispensary locations:


  • Buffalo
  • New York City
  • Rochester
  • Yonkers
  • Syracuse
  • Albany
  • New Rochelle
  • Mount Vernon
  • Utica


  • Schenectady
  • Poughkeepsie
  • Jamestown
  • Lindenhurst
  • Watertown
  • Peekskill
  • Niagara Falls
  • Troy
  • Binghamton

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Medical Marijuana in New York

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