Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in New York Medical Marijuana is legal in New York, and can be obtained and used safely, without fear of police arrest if you have a Medical Marijuana Card. If you’re coming over from New York and staying in California for work, family, friends or more, and you qualify for medical marijuana card in New York, why not book an appointment online and speak to a doctor on Leafwell? Book an appointment online today, and you can even take your examination online, too. Here is how to get your MMJ card in New York: Telehealth/In-Person Telehealth/telemedicine available. It is not necessary to see the physician in-person. However, physician must be licensed by the state of New York and be qualified and certified to recommend medical marijuana. How Old Do I Have to Be to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card? 18 years old or over. Caregivers must be 18 years old or over. How Long Does it take to Get My MMJ Card? 7 – 15 days Cost $50 Possession Limit (Medical Marijuana Patients) A 30-day supply of non-smokeable cannabis. Supply to be determined by the physician. Qualifying Conditions Cancer HIV/AIDS Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Parkinson’s Disease Multiple Sclerosis Intractable Spasticity Epilepsy Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Neuropathies Huntington’s Disease Cachexia or wasting syndrome Severe or chronic pain Severe nausea Seizures Severe or persistent muscle spasms Medical Marijuana Laws No prior relationship with a physician is required in order to qualify for medical marijuana in New York. However, doctors must be licensed to practice in New York before they can recommend cannabis for a patient in New York. However, in New York, doctors must pass a test and gain a qualification in order to recommend cannabis. 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. In order to qualify for the medical marijuana program in New York, patients must be diagnosed with a severe, debilitating and/or life-threatening condition. Associated or complicating conditions may also be taken into account. Patients must have a bonafide relationship with their recommending doctor. However, physical examination is not needed – a relationship can be developed via telehealth. Doctors must complete a 2-hour certification course and be in good standing with the state of NY in order to recommend cannabis for patients. Only non-smokable forms of cannabis are allowed to be used. This means lotions, lozenges, topicals (ointments, lotions and patches), tinctures, edibles and chewables. The maximum possession limit is a 30-day supply. Home cultivation is not allowed as of yet, although the new bills signed in 2017 may put a change to this, to some extent at least. There is a Caregiver program in New York. Unlike in many other states, a medical marijuana patient in New York may have up to 2 caregivers. Caregivers may have a maximum of 5 patients. There is no reciprocity with other states with legalized medical marijuana. Recreational marijuana is decriminalized to some extent in New York, but not legalized. There is an excise tax of 7% on medical marijuana.