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Common conditions cannabis recommended for include
- ALS, aka Lou Gehrig's Disease
- Huntington's Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson's Disease (PD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
- Severe, Chronic or Intractable Pain
Frequently Asked Questions
Recommendation letter on its own = $149 at Leafwell.co
State application fee = New York has waived application fees for now.
Renewal fee = $149
Unlike many other states, the Department of Financial Services (DFS) in New York requires insurers to reimburse the costs of medical marijuana certification. This is according to the Public Health Law Article 33, Title 5-A.
In New York, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana recommendation and card:
ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
Severe, Chronic or Intractable Pain
Telemedicine for medical cannabis is legal in New York. Therefore Leafwell’s services are accessible via telehealth in New York.
There are three simple steps to seeing a Leafwell provider in New York to obtain your medical marijuana card:
1. Create a Leafwell account using a valid email address and choosing a password. You’ll then be asked to complete a brief questionnaire of personal and health information and to either take or upload a photograph of identification (Leafwell is required by law to verify your identity). You will need a smartphone, computer, or tablet with a reliable internet connection and a working camera to be seen by a Leafwell provider.
2. Next, you will be taken to the virtual waiting room where you’ll be connected Leafwell provider for a video chat (i.e., a virtual doctor’s visit). (You will receive a text message to your cell phone when the provider is ready to see you.) During the video chat, the provider will assess your health situation to determine if you qualify for a medical marijuana certification.
3. If you are approved for a medical marijuana card, you’ll be sent a copy of your recommendation letter via email. Register with the Department of Health and receive your temporary ID card. Receive your physical card in 7-10 business days.
Leafwell requires the following documents for your online visit:
– Photo ID (e.g., driver’s permit/license, state ID). You will need appropriate identification (ID) in order to get a medical marijuana card in New York. If you do not have a driver’s license, you will need to take a passport-style photograph and upload it to the New York medical marijuana registry.
– Proof of address (e.g., utility bill from the last 2 months, mortgage, rental lease, bank statement)
– Medical records (e.g. patient history, doctor’s notes, prescription information/history, imaging/scan results)
You must be at least 18 years of age in order to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in New York. Caregivers must be 21 years of age.
In New York, you can get a medical marijuana card for a minor with parental/guardian consent. Medical marijuana has been proven to be effective for many conditions suffered by childrenThe Leafwell providers understand this and frequently work with parents to help them get their children the medical care they need.
Yes, medical marijuana patients in New York can have a caregiver. To apply as a caregiver, follow this process:
- 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.
- The designated caregiver must login to My NY, click the “Health Applications” icon, and then click the “Medical Marijuana Data Management System” link to register.
- Designated caregivers 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. For step-by-step instructions on how to register as a caregiver, select the “HELP” link within the Medical Marijuana Data Management System or click here for instructions.
- 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.
- Once a caregiver’s registration is approved, the Department will issue a temporary registry identification card which may be used in conjunction with a government-issued photo identification to purchase approved medical marijuana products while the caregiver awaits his/her registry identification card (ID card) in the mail. Registrations expire when the certification that was issued by the practitioner expires. Patient and caregivers must re-register each time a new certification is issued that has a different PC1 number in the upper-right hand side of the certification.
- Designated caregivers obtaining medical marijuana on behalf of their patient(s) must bring their caregiver registry identification card and the patient’s certification to the dispensing facility.
- Designated caregivers can also access a temporary registry ID card after completing their caregiver registration and being approved. The designated caregiver will follow the same steps as a patient to retrieve and print the temporary registry ID card. This does not apply to facilities that have been designated as a caregiver.
- A Designated Caregiver can print a temporary registry ID card for the patient(s) they are a registered caregiver for by logging into their My NY account.
- Select “Health Applications,” and then the “Medical Marijuana Data Management System.” Click on the three white lines on the top-left side of the screen.
- Select the “My Patient’s Temporary Card” option from the drop-down menu. Select the blue link to open and print your temporary ID card. If you are also the patient’s proxy, you may need to select “Switch to Caregiver Portal” before this option will be available.
Yes, Leafwell can help you renew your medical marijuana certificate and card. If you’re a returning patient, all your information is stored in our HIPAA-compliant platform, and the process is quick and easy.
If you are not already a Leafwell patient, click here to create an account and complete your renewal.
New York medical marijuana recommendations are valid for one year. When you use Leafwell to obtain your certificate, we’ll send you a reminder email one month before your card is due to expire to make sure you have plenty of time to submit your renewal application.
In New York, you can possess the following amounts with a valid MMJ Card:
– A 30-day supply of non-smokeable cannabis. Supply to be determined by the physician.
Smokeable forms of cannabis are not available legally in New York, although this may change.
If you have a medical marijuana card, you can buy cannabis in New York at a licensed dispensary or use a licensed delivery service.
Some states accept out-of-state Medical Marijuana Cards. This is called reciprocity. The following states accept out-of-state medical cannabis cards:
– Alaska ^
– Arkansas *
– California ^
– Colorado ^
– Hawaii *
– Oklahoma *
– Oregon ^
– Puerto Rico
– Washington ^
– Washington D.C.
States marked with * require visitors to complete a visiting patient application for the duration of their stay.
States marked with ^ have adult use programs but do not accept out of state cards.
Yes, registry to the state medical marijuana program is mandatory in order to legally use medical cannabis in New York. The database is not accessible by members of the public.
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.
Yes, we do. All of the doctors who work with Leafwell are licensed physicians within New York and experienced medical marijuana doctors.
We’re committed to working with physicians who understand the value of medical cannabis and can help people interested in trying medical marijuana and providing medical support and guidance.
No, you cannot cultivate marijuana in New York even if you have an MMJ Card.
As Leafwell provides for medical marijuana certifications online via a virtual clinic, we do not run from a traditional doctor’s office in all instances. Rather, we have “hubs” at various dispensaries and other locations, where you can speak to a medical marijuana doctor online. This means that you can technically speak to a doctor and get certified for medical cannabis regardless of where you are in New York, even the comfort of your own home! However, you may be able to speak to an NY-qualified MMJ doctor online from the following locations:
Leafwell MD Brooklyn
92-15 Rockaway Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11417, USA
Leafwell MD Manhattan
470 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016, USA
Leafwell MD Manhattan
E 77th St, New York, NY, USA
Leafwell MD Queens
20-21 College Point Blvd, College Point, NY 11356, USA
Leafwell MD White Plains
929 N Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603, USA
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