New York medical marijuana card FAQ

Can I get a certification from my primary physician, even if they aren’t registered with the state program?
No, you must receive your certification from a New York registered practitioner.
Can minors obtain a medical cannabis card in New York?
Yes, minors under the age of 18 or those incapable of consent can qualify for a medical cannabis card in New York. However, they must have one designated caregiver who will be auto-registered at the time of certification by the certifying healthcare provider. The caregiver will then be authorized to bring the patient’s certification, the caregiver registry ID, and their government-issued photo ID to the dispensary to obtain medical cannabis products for the minor patient.
Is a physical medical marijuana ID card provided in New York?
No, New York does not issue physical medical marijuana ID cards. Instead, patients are provided with a registry identification number upon certification, which they can use to purchase medical cannabis products from registered dispensaries in the state.
What is the validity period of my New York medical cannabis certification?
New York medical cannabis certifications are valid for one year. After this period, patients need to renew their certification to continue accessing medical cannabis products legally.
Where can I locate a healthcare provider who can certify me for medical cannabis?
Patients seeking access to medical cannabis should first consult their healthcare provider. Finding a certified cannabis doctor in New York is made simple through the Public List of Consenting Medical Cannabis Program Practitioners. This valuable resource assists individuals in locating a doctor in their county or online.
At Dr.Weedy, we provide access to consultations with NY state-licensed doctors. Our online evaluation process allows you to connect with experienced physicians from the comfort of your home. Get certified and receive your registry ID number hassle-free.
How do I know if I have a qualifying medical condition?
New York state law defines a list of qualifying medical conditions, but it's not exhaustive. If your condition isn't on the list, you may still be eligible based on clinical appropriateness, as determined by your healthcare provider. They can evaluate your condition and recommend medical cannabis if appropriate.
What are the eligibility requirements for obtaining a medical cannabis card in New York?
To qualify for a medical cannabis card in New York, patients must have a qualifying medical condition certified by a registered healthcare provider. These conditions include chronic pain, cancer, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, and Parkinson's disease, among others.
How do I become a registered caregiver in New York?
To become a caregiver, the patient must designate you through their account. After designation, register online through Follow these registration instructions. Once registered, you'll receive immediate access to your registry ID document, which is needed, along with a government-issued photo ID and a copy of the patient’s certification, to purchase medical cannabis at a dispensary.
How can I add a caregiver to my patient registration?
To designate a caregiver, log in to your patient registration via, navigate to the "Manage Caregivers" section, and add them as a designated caregiver. Click this link for detailed instructions. You can designate up to five caregivers or a designated caregiver facility. Once designated, caregivers will be auto-registered and receive a registry ID document.
Does Dr.Weedy guarantee approval from their medical marijuana doctor?
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee approval. Only a licensed medical marijuana doctor can assess your qualification for the program. However, if you're not approved by our doctor, you'll receive a FULL refund!
Will my personal information be kept confidential during the application process?
Absolutely. We prioritize the privacy and security of your personal data. Our platform operates on a HIPAA-compliant system, guaranteeing the confidentiality of your information throughout the application process. Rest assured, only authorized personnel involved in the evaluation and registration process will have access to your data.
What documentation is required for applying for a medical cannabis card in New York?
To apply for a medical cannabis card in New York, you'll need to provide valid identification, such as a driver's license or state-issued ID, along with medical records documenting your qualifying condition. Additionally, you'll need to obtain a certification from a registered physician.
Can I renew my prescription before it expires?
Yes, it's recommended to renew your medical marijuana certification before it expires to ensure continuous access to medical cannabis treatment. Dr.Weedy facilitates prompt renewals, allowing patients to apply for a renewal prior to the expiration date of their current certification. Upon approval, the new certification dates are applied, ensuring uninterrupted access to medical cannabis.
What documents or information do I need to provide for my renewal?
For your renewal, you'll need to provide basic personal information such as your name, address, and date of birth. Additionally, you may be required to submit any updates to your medical history since your last certification, along with any relevant medical records or documentation. It's also essential to have a valid driver's license or state-issued ID for identity verification purposes.
Can I get my card renewed through Dr.Weedy even if a different physician saw me previously?
Yes, you can renew your medical marijuana card through Dr.Weedy even if you were previously evaluated by a different physician. Our qualified practitioners can provide the necessary evaluation and certification for your card renewal.
Do I need to have another evaluation by a doctor to renew my certification?
Yes, as per New York state regulations, patients are required to undergo an evaluation by a certified physician for each renewal of their medical cannabis certification. Dr.Weedy provides access to qualified practitioners who can conduct the necessary evaluation for your renewal.
Why should I renew my medical marijuana certification at Dr.Weedy?
Renewing your medical marijuana certification at Dr.Weedy ensures a seamless process with experienced practitioners. Our online platform allows for convenient access to qualified physicians who can efficiently evaluate and certify your renewal, ensuring continued legal access to medical cannabis treatment.
When is it better to renew my medical marijuana card?
It's recommended to renew your medical marijuana certification before it expires to ensure continuous access to medical cannabis treatment. Prior to the expiration date of your NY patient certification, apply at Dr.Weedy for a card renewal. Once extended, the new dates will be created for the current certification, and the ID number and barcode remain the same. If your certification has already expired, an updated certification will be promptly provided to you after approval by our doctor.
How frequently should I update my medical cannabis certificate?
New York law requires patients to renew their medical cannabis certificates annually.
How can I obtain a medical card if I don't have a New York ID?
To apply for a medical card in New York, you'll need a valid New York state ID or driver’s license. If you don't have a New York ID, you can provide proof of residency within New York along with your out-of-state U.S. photo ID. Required documents may include utility bills, medical bills, lease agreements, property taxes, or a valid NYC ID. You'll also need to provide proof of identity, such as a valid driver’s license or non-driver ID, and proof of any name change if applicable, like an official court judgment or marriage certificate.
Can I use an out-of-state medical marijuana identification card to purchase medical marijuana in New York?
No, New York dispensaries do not honor out-of-state medical cards. Only individuals possessing a New York State certification with registry ID number are eligible to purchase approved medical cannabis products within the state.
Are edibles permitted in New York State?
Yes, edibles are legal in New York State under the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA). They are available for both medical and recreational purposes. For more information on edibles, you can visit this link:
What types of medical cannabis products are permitted and in what dosages?
Registered organizations are authorized to produce medical cannabis products only in forms approved by the Office of Cannabis Management. Approved forms include vape cartridges/pens, capsules/tablets, tinctures, oral sprays, oral powders, lozenges, metered ground plant preparations for vaporization, whole flower cannabis for vaporization, and transdermal patches. Some registered organizations also offer seeds and immature plants for home cultivation. Patients are advised to contact registered organizations directly for information on available products.
What is the limit on the amount of medical cannabis I can obtain at once?
Registered organizations in New York may dispense up to a 60-day supply of medical cannabis products to a certified patient or designated caregiver, in accordance with any recommendations or limitations provided by the healthcare provider on the certification.
What variety of medical cannabis products are available at each dispensary?
Dispensing facilities operated by registered organizations in New York may offer different types of medical cannabis products. It's recommended to contact each organization directly for detailed information about their available products. Registered organizations are required to offer at least one brand with an equal ratio of THC to CBD and one brand with a low-THC-high-CBD ratio, but they also provide other products with varying ratios of THC to CBD.
Can NY dispensaries cater to recreational users?
Yes, indeed. New York joined the ranks of states legalizing recreational marijuana in 2021, becoming the 15th to do so.
Where can I purchase medical marijuana products?
Certified patients in New York state may obtain medical marijuana products from any dispensing facility operated by registered organizations across the state. Not all registered organizations offer the same types of products, so it's recommended to contact them directly for details. You can find a dispensary near you by visiting this link: We also encourage you to familiarize yourself with our guide to medical marijuana dispensaries in New York here.
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