Frequently asked questions What are the medical marijuana laws in New York? Here is an overview of the medical marijuana laws in New York: 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.