Medical Marijuana in New York
Medical 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.
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:
- HIV Infection
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/Lou Gehrig’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Spinal Cord Injury with Spasticity
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- 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:
- Wasting syndrome
- Severe or chronic pain
- Severe nausea
- 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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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.
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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.
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.
12/4/20 - 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.
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.
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.”
9/16/20 - 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."
9/7/20 - 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."
8/17/20 - 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."
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.
7/16/20 - 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.
6/11/20 - 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.
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.
5/12/20 - 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.
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.
3/23/20 - 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.
3/18/20 - 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.
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.
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.
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:
- New York City
- New Rochelle
- Mount Vernon
- Niagara Falls
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