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How to Get a New York Medical Marijuana Card in 2020

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Getting a New York Medical Marijuana Card With Leafwell – Introduction

In July 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation permitting the use of cannabis for medical purposes. Recreational cannabis is not legal in New York, but possession of small amounts has been decriminalized. However, just because there has been advice not to prosecute those who possess small amounts of cannabis, does not mean that there still aren’t plenty of arrests being made. This means that having a medical marijuana card is still the best protection from prosecution in New York.

With Leafwell, it is quick and simple and secure to get a New York Medical Marijuana Card online. We’ve put together this valuable guide which will answer all your questions and help individuals living in New York State understand the importance of applying for their New York MMJ Card via the easy, HIPAA Compliant process offered by Leafwell’s telemedicine platform.


You can check out this video of what Sarkazz Here has to say about getting a medical marijuana card with Leafwell is like, and how easy the process is:

Get Your New York Medical Marijuana Card in 4 Simple Steps


1. Register online with Leafwell and speak to a friendly physician at

You can speak to a doctor and qualify for a NY medical marijuana card online. The cost of the online consultation is $149. You are only billed if approved.

2. Create a My.NY.Gov account and select the Medical Marijuana Data Management System.

Enter all of your details and submit your physician’s certification. The cost of the application is $50, payable to the state.


3. You will then be issued a temporary NY Registry Identification Card

Your temporary NY medical marijuana card will be sent through your account, alongside your state-issued identification to purchase approved Medical Marijuana products.


4. You will receive your medical marijuana card in the mail within 7-10 days.

If your medical card hasn’t arrived, you can carry on using your temporary card for up to 30 days.

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Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in New York


Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease




Huntington’s disease

Inflammatory bowel disease

Multiple sclerosis

Parkinson’s disease

Spinal cord injury with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity


Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Chronic pain


Medical Marijuana in New York City, New York

For the most part, state laws are universal across New York when it comes to applying for a Medical Marijuana Card. However, there is a small piece of legislation which could be of interest for those in New York City looking to apply for an MMJ Card.

New York City passed a bill which barred marijuana testing of job applicants in 2019.


Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Queen’s, Manhattan, White Plains, Brooklyn or the Bronx

There is little if any difference in medical cannabis laws between different NY jurisdictions. Regardless of where you are in New York, you can get a medical marijuana card online with Leafwell, MD. Here are our clinics:


Leafwell MD Online MMJ Clinic, Brooklyn

92-15 Rockaway Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11417, USA

(332) 333-5031

Leafwell MD Online Medical Marijuana Doctors, Manhattan

470 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016, USA

(332) 333-5031

Leafwell MD Medical Cannabis Clinic, Manhattan

E 77th St, New York, NY, USA

(332) 333-5031

Leafwell MD Online Medical Marijuana Clinic, Queens

20-21 College Point Blvd, College Point, NY 11356, USA

(332) 333-5031

Leafwell MD Online Medical Cannabis Clinic, White Plains

929 N Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603, USA

(332) 333-5031

Remember: you don’t have to visit a clinic in-person in order to qualify for a certificate & MMJ card in New York – you can do it all online, with Leafwell!


Documents You Need to Qualify for a New York Medical Marijuana Card


Acceptable ID

ID number from your NYS Driver’s License or NYS Non-Driver ID Card. When registering online, do NOT upload a copy of your ID. You only need to enter the 9- digit number in the NYS DMV ID field provided on the registration screen.

Those without a NY, NYS Driver’s License or NYS Non-Driver ID Card can upload a recent photo; head and shoulders up on a plain background (jpg format) with no hat or sunglasses. This photo can be taken with a cell phone or camera.

Acceptable proof of residency

Pay stubs (from within the last two months)

Current lease agreement

Utility bill (gas, electric, cable) with service address that matches the certification address from one of the last two months

Mortgage statement from one of the last two months


Social Security Administration official correspondence

Practitioner/Hospital bill from last two months

Medical records

Progress notes

Medical images (such as X-rays, MRIs)

List of medication – a picture of your medication list is acceptable, and can be uploaded.

Electronic health record detailing your condition/s

Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?

Yes. In order to responsibly sign a certificate which permits individuals to apply for an MMJ card, our registered practitioners must have a comprehensive understanding of your medical history. This allows them to provide an accurate assessment to ensure that medical cannabis is a good option for each patient on a case by case basis.


How old do I have to be to get a medical marijuana card in New York? Who can apply?


You must be aged 18 or over in order to get a medical marijuana card for yourself. Those under the age of 18, or those who are unable to access medical cannabis for themselves, must have a registered caregiver. Registered caregivers must be aged 21 or over.

New York medical cannabis possession limit

The law permits qualified patients to possess a 30 day supply of cannabis-infused, non-smokable products. The Department of Health in 2017 states:

“[R]egistered organizations will be allowed to manufacture and distribute additional products including topicals such as lotions, ointments and patches, as well as solid and semi-solid products including chewable and effervescent tablets and lozenges. Certain non-smokable forms of ground plant material will also be permissible for manufacture and distribution.”


How Does a Caregiver Apply for an NY Medical Marijuana Card?

Some patients may be eligible for an MMJ Card but unable to apply for one themselves. For example, should the patient be a minor under the age of 18, or if the patient needs assistance accessing medical cannabis, a caregiver can be assigned to complete the process on their behalf.

Caregivers must be aged 21 or over. Each certified patient may have up to two caregivers, and each caregiver may serve no more than five certified patients.

Can I grow cannabis in New York?

No. Cultivating cannabis is illegal in the state of New York.

Will insurance cover my letter?

No. Due to cannabis’s federally illegal status, the costs associated with medical cannabis are not covered by insurance.


Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

Yes. Leafwell is committed to protecting the privacy of our patients. Our online service is HIPAA compliant and our systems are designed to keep all of your confidential details safe.


Does New York have reciprocity with any other medical marijuana states?

No, New York doesn’t recognize other states’ medical marijuana cards, certificates or recommendations.


New York medical marijuana employment & other rights


New York medical marijuana patients also have the right to:

Enroll in school without rejection based only on cardholder status

Rent an apartment without eviction or rejection based solely on patient status

Work at their place of employment without discrimination for having a card or testing positive for marijuana

Receive healthcare without disqualification merely due to medical marijuana treatment

Visit or have custody of their child without denial only based on patient status

Hold a state-issued license without suspension on the sole basis of cardholder status

However, a medical marijuana card may also prohibit a qualifying patient from:

Owning a firearm

Prevent them from getting/keeping a federal job, or a job that requires a commercial driver’s licence

History of Medical Marijuana in New York

Marijuana and New York have a long history and the drug was mentioned by the New York Daily News in 1857 with the New York Times writing about it in 1901. Back then, marijuana was legal in the state but a law was enacted in 1927 which made marijuana illegal. It remains illegal, depending on the amount possessed, but medical marijuana is now legal, following the passing of the Compassionate Care Act in 2014 which states:

“Medical marihuana has the potential to alleviate the pain and suffering of New Yorkers afflicted with serious illnesses.”

Here are some key milestones which relate to medical marijuana:

2014 – Assembly Bill 6357 (AB 6357) was approved and signed into law by the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. This removed state-level penalties for medical marijuana patients with a signed, written physician’s recommendation letter.

2015 – Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill enabling an expedited certification process for seriously ill patients.

2016 – The first 8 (of the expected 20) medical marijuana dispensaries are opened.

2017 – NY’s medical marijuana program is expanded, allowing for a greater range of products to be sold in dispensaries. New dispensary procedures were also introduced. Patients will be able to walk into a dispensary and speak with a representative about their treatment options.

2019 – Governor Cuomo signed a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts (up to 2 ounces) of marijuana. Crucially, it did not legalise it.

In early 2020, Governor Cuomo vowed to legalise marijana in 2020. However, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we predict this will be delayed but hope to see more progressive legislation passed in 2021.

Despite Medical Marijuana Cards now being available in New York, accessing the product can be a little inconvenient, especially compared to other states. In fact, there are only 37 licensed shops in New York State while over 110,000 residents hold cards.

Additionally, cannabis flowers remain illegal, except for vapable pods. Edibles, beverages and candies are also all illegal.

It is illegal to vaporise medical marijuana in a public place or within one hundred feet of entrances, exits or outdoor areas of schools (with the exception of residential buildings which happen to fall within this radius).

It is illegal to consume approved medical marijuana products in a motor vehicle which is on a public highway or parking lot.

With the increasing awareness surrounding the importance and value of cannabis for medicinal purposes, legislation has been drafted to protect the rights of those who have MMJ Cards. It is important to understand your rights and the protections in place when applying for a Medical Cannabis Card.

What Does an MMJ Card Permit in New York?

The law permits qualified patients to possess a 30 day supply of cannabis-infused, non-smokable products. The Department of Health in 2017 patient possession limits are as follows:

“Registered organizations will be allowed to manufacture and distribute additional products including topicals such as lotions, ointments and patches, as well as solid and semi-solid products including chewable and effervescent tablets and lozenges. Certain non-smokable forms of ground plant material will also be permissible for manufacture and distribution.”

Once certified, a patient or their designated caregiver, can purchase medical marijuana products from a registered organisation’s dispensing facility in New York. In order to complete the purchase, patients must present their MMJ card and their certificates.

Caregivers must show their caregiver registry identification card as well as their patients’ certificate to the dispensary. Some registered organisations within New York State provide home delivery options which will require you to show the relevant documents upon delivery.

Note – holding an MMJ Card does not permit the growing of marijuana in New York.


What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?

Your online medical marijuana evaluation with Leafwell is quick and easy. In order to get started, we’ll need you to provide us with some preliminary details as well as some medical records. These are all passed securely to one of our registered practitioners who can familiarise themselves with your application before your consultation.

The consultation itself is simple and secure, taking place on our bespoke telemedicine platform. You will meet with a New York registered practitioner who has experience issuing certificates for medical marijuana to patients for a range of medical issues. The registered practitioner will speak with you about why you are applying and ask some questions with regards to your medical conditions and history.

At the end of the consultation, the registered practitioner will be able to make an informed decision about whether he or she recommends the use of medical cannabis based on the medical information they have obtained. If an application is successful, the registered practitioner will complete the certification which will be promptly emailed in PDF form, ready to be uploaded as part of an application to the New York government. A hard copy will be sent in the post a few days later.

If an application is unsuccessful, you will receive an email detailing why our registered practitioner felt unable to provide you with the certificate. You will not be charged for the consultation.

Once obtained the certification will last for one year.


Some of the most popular varieties of cannabis (or “marijuana strains”) include NYC Diesel, NY Kush, Super Silver Haze (SSH), American Haze, Lavender, AK-47, Bubblegum, OG Kush and Mazar-I-Sharif.


New York is known as the city that never sleeps, so it’s not surprising that CBD-infused coffee is particularly popular in New York.


Gummies, chocolates and capsules are also popular in New York. As many cannot use smokable preparations, this is not unusual.


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