In July 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature enacted the Compassionate Care Act to provide a comprehensive, safe and effective medical marijuana program that meets the needs of New Yorkers. The program will ensure that medical marijuana is available for certified patients with serious conditions and is dispensed and administered in a manner that protects public health and safety.

On this website, you will find information about the program – which will be updated as implementation progresses – for patients, caregivers, health care providers, and the public.

As of November 29, 2016:

750 physicians have registered for the NYS Medical Marijuana Program, and 10,730 patients have been certified by their doctors.

The Department released the two year report for the Medical Use of Marijuana Under the Compassionate Care Act

The report, which can be accessed by clicking on the link below, highlights the major milestones achieved by the Medical Marijuana Program, as well as recommendations to improve upon the program's success.

Physician Access to Registered Practitioners

Physicians seeking a registered practitioner, as well as those nurse practitioners and licensed health care providers who treat the specified diseases and conditions, may identify registered practitioners who consented to be listed, with their specialties, in the Medical Marijuana Data Management System located online within the Department's Health Commerce System (HCS). A patient's treating practitioner can make a referral if warranted. Instructions for accessing the list are included below.

  1. Log in to the Health Commerce System (HCS) at If MMDMS is not listed in the My Applications Menu, select All Applications from the My Content dropdown menu, click the M tab, find the MMDMS application in the list, and click the green and white "+" icon in the Add/Remove column to add the MMDMS application.
  2. Select the Medical Marijuana Data Management System (MMDMS) from the My Applications Menu.
  3. On the Practitioner Portal, select the "Search Registered Practitioners" button.

Department of Health Announces Launch of Medical Marijuana Program

Please click here for additional information in the Department's press release.

The Commissioner and the Superintendent of State Police have certified that the Medical Marijuana Program can be implemented in accordance with public health and safety interests. Please click here to view the Certification.