Information for Patients

Patients can now apply online to register for the Medical Marijuana Program.

To begin the process, patients must be certified for the medical use of marijuana by a physician who has taken an online course and registered with the program. After receiving the certification from their physician, patients must apply online for registration with the Department. Soon after registering online, patients will receive a registry identification card (ID card) in the mail. Certified patients must show the ID card when they buy medical marijuana at a dispensing facility.

Medical marijuana will become available at the dispensing facilities of registered organizations in New York State in 2016. Information about registered organizations in New York State can be found by clicking here.

The flowchart below illustrates the process for patients.

Only patients with one of the following severe, debilitating or life-threatening conditions may qualify for the Medical Marijuana Program: cancer, positive status for HIV or AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathy, or Huntington's disease. Patients must also have one of the following associated or complicating conditions: cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, or severe or persistent muscle spasms.

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

Registration Facts

  1. Patients must first have a certification from their physician, who must be registered with the Department.
  2. Certified patients will submit their application for registration using the Department's online system that is accessed through Patients who do not have a account will need to visit and click the "Don't have an Account?" button to create a personal ID first. Patients with a account will login to, click the "Health Applications" icon, and then click the "Medical Marijuana Data Management System" link to register.
  3. There is a $50 application fee pursuant to Public Health Law § 3363(2)(f). This fee will be billed to you at a later date, unless you obtain a waiver for financial hardship.
  4. Patients will be required to provide proof of their identity and residency during the application process. Click here for additional information regarding required documentation.
  5. Patients may designate up to two caregivers during the registration process. After the patient's application is approved, the designated caregiver(s) must then register with the Department.
  6. Patient registration expires when the certification that was issued by the practitioner expires.
  7. The registry ID card will be mailed to the certified patient after the application is approved.
  8. Patients must have the registry ID card and their certification in order to purchase approved medical marijuana products, as recommended by their certifying physician, from a registered organization's dispensing facility.
  9. Patients must always carry their registry ID card whenever they possess approved medical marijuana products.
  10. No one may transport medical marijuana products outside of New York State.
  11. New York State does not accept certifications or registry ID cards from other states.
  12. A certified patient or designated caregiver who has been issued a registry ID card shall notify the Medical Marijuana Program of any change in his or her name, address, or if he or she no longer has the serious condition noted on the card within ten (10) business days of such change.