Medical marijuana has become legal in new york in 2014. In recent years, the state’s MMJ program has expanded significantly. Home cultivation of MMJ is legal in New York and is a popular method of obtaining high quality organic marijuana. So how many MMJ plants can you grow with a medical card in New York? Read on for everything you need to know.
Can I grow cannabis legally in New York?
Yes you can legally grow cannabis plants for medical use in New York. All New York MMJ cardholders are permitted to grow a limited amount of medical marijuana at home for their own consumption.
Can you grow CBD plants in New York?
Some people want to grow hemp plants for the CBD they contain, as CBD has some of the same medical benefits as MMJ. You can grow a limited number of hemp plants in New York if you have an MMJ card.
How many plants can you grow with a medical card in New York?
New York residents who have a NY MMJ card can grow up to six medical marijuana plants at home at any given time.
How much does a producer license cost in New York?
MMJ cardholders can grow up to six plants at home without having to obtain any sort of grower license. Businesses wishing to grow larger quantities of MMJ for sale must apply for a grower’s license and pay a non-refundable $10,000 application fee and a $200,000 biennial renewal registration fee.
Growing MMJ in New York
Here are our top five tips for growing medical marijuana in New York.
1. Do not exceed the legal limit
Always stay within the legal New York MMJ home grow limit of up to six plants.
2. Grow indoors
Marijuana plants can only grow outdoors if temperatures do not drop below 59°F. Daytime temperatures in New York regularly drop below 59°F in the winter, spring and fall you will get therefore the best results if you grow your MMJ plants indoors in New York.
3. Protect your plants from the July heat
July in New York can be hot, with temperatures reaching 80 degrees. MMJ plants do not do well in these temperatures, so on particularly hot days make sure your plants are kept in the shade.
4. Try auto-flowering strains
Auto-flowering MMJ strains are sturdier and shorter than regular MMJ strains. They grow and flower much faster and can produce multiple crops each year. Auto-flowering strains are ideal for growing in urban settings like New York apartments.
5. Get a New York Medical Marijuana Card
As of December 2021, it is still illegal to grow marijuana plants at home in New York City if you don’t have an MMJ card. Home cultivation for recreational marijuana users is on the cards, but it could take up to a year to kick in. So for now, you must have a NY MMJ card to grow MMJ at home.
How do I get a New York MMJ Card?
To obtain a New York MMJ card, you must see a state-licensed medical professional. This can be done remotely at MMJRecs Online Clinic.
Once your fitness for medical marijuana treatment has been certified by a medical professional, you can submit your application through the my.NY Internet portal.
What are the eligibility requirements for a medical marijuana card in New York?
The following medical conditions will qualify a person for medical marijuana treatment in New York:
- 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 can you buy at New York dispensaries?
The following MMJ products are available at MMJ dispensaries in New York:
- Flower MMJ
- MMJ edibles
- Lozenges, capsules and tablets
- Tinctures and sprays
- Topicals and lotions
- CBD wellness products
- Vaping cartridges
- MMJ equipment
What are the MMJ possession limits in New York?
MMJ cardholders can buy and own up to 60 days supply of medical marijuana at dispensaries in New York.
Where is it legal to consume MMJ in New York?
In New York, you can smoke or vape MMJ anywhere tobacco smoking is allowed. However, smoking is prohibited in most public places in New York City, including:
- Outdoor dining areas in restaurants
- swimming pools
- Public transport
- Motor vehicles
That really just leaves designated smoking areas and private homes in which to consume MMJ in New York.
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