Information for Patients

The steps below provide an overview of the Medical Marijuana Program for patients.

Talk to your practitioner about whether medical marijuana may help you. Need help finding a practitioner registered with the program? Click here to find a practitioner registered with the Medical Marijuana Program who has consented to be listed publicly.

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, chronic pain as defined by 10 NYCRR ยง1004.2(a)(8)(xi), post-traumatic stress disorder 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 practitioner about whether medical marijuana may help you.

  1. Patients must first be certified by a registered practitioner
  2. Once certified, patients must login to https://my.ny.gov/. Patients who do not have an NY.gov account will need to click the "Don't have an Account?" button to create a personal NY.gov ID first. For step-by-steps instructions on how to create a My.NY.gov account, click here for instructions.
  3. Click the "Health Applications" icon, and then click the "Medical Marijuana Data Management System" link to register For step-by-step instructions on how to register as a patient or caregiver, select the "HELP" link within the Medical Marijuana Data Management System or click here for instructions.

    Patients will be required to provide proof of their identity and residency during the application process. Click here for additional information regarding required documentation.

    Pursuant to the Compassionate Care Act there is a $50 application fee; the Department is currently waiving the $50 fee for all patients and their designated caregivers. Simply select "Bill Me Later" when registering and the application fee will be waived.

  4. Patients may designate up to two caregivers during the registration process. After the patient's registration is processed, the designated caregiver(s) must then register with the Department using the same online system described in number 2 above.
  5. Once a patient or caregiver's registration is processed, the Department will mail a registry identification card (ID card) directly to the patient or caregiver. Registrations expire when the certification that was issued by the practitioner expires.
  6. Patients must bring their registry ID cards and their certifications to a registered organization's dispensing facility in order to purchase approved medical marijuana products. Designated caregivers obtaining medical marijuana on behalf of their patients must bring their caregiver registry identification cards and their patients' certifications to the dispensing facility.

Information about registered organizations in New York State can be found by clicking here.

Other Important Registration Information:

  • Certified patients and designated caregivers must always carry their registry ID card whenever they possess approved medical marijuana products.
  • Medical marijuana products may not be transported outside of New York State.
  • New York State does not accept certifications or registry ID cards from other states.
  • A certified patient or designated caregiver who has been issued a registry ID card must 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.

Certified patients or their designated caregivers who are registered with the Medical Marijuana Program can purchase medical marijuana products from a registered organization's dispensing facility in New York State. Patients must bring their registry ID cards and their certifications to a registered organization's dispensing facility in order to purchase approved medical marijuana products. Designated caregivers obtaining medical marijuana on behalf of their patients must bring their caregiver registry identification cards and their patients' certifications to the dispensing facility. Click here for a listing of registered organization locations in New York State.

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