Medical marijuana helps people in New York State treat the symptoms of a wide range of medical conditions. The state has a well-run, patient-friendly, and easy-to-navigate MMJ program.
Below, we’ll outline the process of applying for a medical marijuana card in New York and answer the question: How long does it take to get a medical marijuana card in New York?
Is it difficult to get a medical card in New York?
Not at all! The medical marijuana card application process in New York is simple. The whole process can be completed online, including medical consultation and application submission.
Do I have to be a resident of New York to get a NY Medical Card?
Yes, you must be a resident of New York State or temporarily residing in the state to obtain a New York Medical Card.
New York residents must prove residency by providing their driver’s license or non-driver ID card identification number. Temporary residents must prove their status by providing one of the following documents:
- A copy of a lease
- Letter from owner
- A utility bill
- A hospital bill
- Other Department-approved documents containing information proving temporary residence in New York State
How do I become a legal medical marijuana patient in New York?
The process to become a legal MMJ patient in New York is easy to navigate. The first step is to consult a state-certified health professional. This can be done remotely via video consultation.
Once you have received medical certification, you can submit your application for an MMJ card through the my.NY Internet portal.
How do I book an appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor in New York?
The best way to book an appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor in New York is to visit the MMJRecs Online Clinic. MMJRecs will arrange a video consultation with a state-licensed physician who will verify your suitability for MMJ treatment in New York and certify your MMJ claim.
How long does it take to get a medical marijuana card in New York?
Your medical consultation will last approximately 10 minutes. Once the consultation is complete, your approval letter will be emailed to you no later than the next day. You can then apply for your NY MMJ card via the my.NY Internet portal.
Once you apply, you will receive a temporary downloadable MMJ license that you can use immediately. This license is valid for 30 days. If you provide the identification number of your driver’s license or your non-driver’s identity card, you will be able to download the temporary license immediately. If you provide another form of proof of residency, it will take three days to process, after which you can download your temporary permit.
Your application for a permanent card will take between one and two weeks to process and will then be mailed to your address.
How long do New York medical cards take to arrive?
You will receive your permanent New York MMJ card in the mail once your application is approved, and it usually takes about seven to ten days for your card to arrive at your address.
What are the eligibility requirements for a New York MMJ card?
You will be eligible for a New York Medical Marijuana Card if you have one of the following medical conditions:
- HIV infection or AIDS
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spinal cord injury with spasticity
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Opioid Use Disorder (only if enrolled in a treatment program under Section 32 of the Mental Hygiene Act)
- Replacement of opioids
- Huntington’s disease
- chronic pain
- Severe debilitating or life-threatening condition accompanied by one or more of the following associated or aggravating conditions:
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome
- Severe or chronic pain
- severe nausea
- Severe or persistent muscle spasms
- Opioid use disorder
What MMJ products can I buy at NY dispensaries?
You can buy the following medical marijuana products at dispensaries in New York:
- Flower MMJ
- Vaping cartridges
- Lozenges, capsules and tablets
- Tinctures and sprays
- Topicals and lotions
- CBD wellness products
- MMJ and CBD powders
New York MMJ Possession Limits
New York MMJ cardholders can purchase and possess up to 60 days of medical marijuana at a time at New York dispensaries.
Can I grow medical marijuana in New York with a NY MMJ card?
Yes, you can legally grow medical marijuana in New York City if you have a NY MMJ card. Cardholders can grow up to six medical marijuana plants at home at any given time.
Where are valid New York MMJ cards?
You can use your NY medical marijuana card at any MMJ dispensary in New York, as well as in any US state that practices MMJ card reciprocity.
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