Cannabis Laws in New York Cannabis Laws

Cannabis legalization has been a long time coming now in New York, and even the medical program had severe restrictions on it until some loosening in 2021, when smokable products and cultivation became legal. Here’s more on NY’s MMJ laws.

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Medical Cannabis Laws in New York

2014 – AB 6357

“Relates to the medical use of marihuana; legalizes the possession, manufacture, use, delivery, transport or administration of medical marihuana by a designated caregiver for a certified medical use; prescribes procedures for such possession, acquisition, etc. including certification of patients by their practitioner, and that, in the practitioner’s professional judgment, the patient would receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from use of medical marihuana.”

Telehealth for Cannabis in New York

Telehealth is legal for medical cannabis consultations in New York. You can see a compassionate and friendly medical marijuana physician online with Leafwell today.

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Recreational Cannabis Laws in New York

Adults aged 21+ are allowed to possess up to 3 ounces (85 g) of cannabis or 0.85 ounces (24 g) of concentrated cannabis
Marijuana products are expected to carry a tax of 13%.

Benefits of having a Medical Marijuana Card in a Recreational State

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Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis Patients in New York

Cannabis Laws and Children in New York

You must be at least 18 years of age in order to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in New York. Those under the age of 18 must apply as minors, and will need a caregiver. Caregivers must be 21 years of age.

The individual must be designated by the certified patient within the Medical Marijuana Data Management System before the designated caregiver can register with the Department.

Senate Bill S8191A (“Tanshin’s Law”) “Permits the administration of medical marihuana to students while at school and individuals with developmental disabilities while receiving services at a facility.”

Cannabis Possession Limits in New York

  • For medical card holders = Registered patients may hold up to a 60-day supply of an approved medical cannabis product at any time. The amount may be greater than the possession limit for recreational users.
  • For recreational users =  3 oz. cannabis flower, 24 grams concentrate.

Cannabis Cultivation Laws in New York

Up to 3 mature and 3 immature plants per person, with a maximum of 12 mature plants and 12 immature plants per household.

Cannabis and Gun Laws in New York

It is not legal to possess a firearm or ammunition and a medical marijuana card at the same time in New York.

Cannabis and Employment Law in New York

“Being a certified patient shall be deemed to behaving a “disability” under article fifteen of the executive law (human rights law), section forty-c of the civil rights law, sections 240.00, 485.00, and 485.05 of the penal law, and section 200.50 of the criminal procedure law. This subdivision shall not bar the enforcement of a policy prohibiting an employee from performing his or her employment duties while impaired by a controlled substance. This subdivision shall not require any person or entity to do any act that would put the person or entity in violation of federal law or cause it to lose a federal contract or funding.” From CA NORML.

Medical Marijuana and Health Insurance in New York

Unlike in all the other states in the US so far, New York has mandated that health insurance providers must cover the cost of medical marijuana consultations.

Local Cannabis Laws in New York

Not all counties may allow sales. Rockland County, Nassau County, Suffolk County and Putnam County may all opt out of allowing the sale of cannabis.