New York Legal Information

In June 2014, the New York Assembly passed S7923, which creates legal protections for patients and caregivers and authorizes the state to license and regulate “registered organizations” to cultivate and sell medical cannabis to patients. Patients must obtain a registration identification card after getting written certification from their physician. The law requires physicians to take education courses and have medical expertise for a qualifying condition they wish to recommend for, and provide continuous care of the patient in order for the patient to maintain legal protection. Physicians must also state the “dosage” patients should use, which determines the 30-day supply of medicine that the patient may possess. The state may license up to five registered organizations, and each may have up to four retail locations from which patients may purchase their medicine. The law forbids the smoking of cannabis by patients but does not explicitly ban patients from accessing cannabis in its dried flower form; however, the Commissioner must approve all forms of medical cannabis that are made available to patients.


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New York Medical Marijuana Laws and Regulations

New York’s medical marijuana law took effect in 2014. It allows licensed health care practitioners to recommend the use of cannabis for patients with a variety of medical conditions. This section includes actual text of the legislation, a brief summary of the law and links to general resources for patients, providers and health care practitioners.

Becoming a patient in New York

In order to become a medical cannabis patient, a person must reside in New York and register with the State’s Department of Health. Some of the qualifying conditions include cancer, HIV/AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and epilepsy. This section includes an overview of state requirements for “qualifying patients” and links to necessary forms.

Recommending Cannabis in New York

Health care professionals recommending medical cannabis must be licensed to do so by the State of New York. Physicians, physician’s assistants, and registered nurses have the authority to recommend medical cannabis. This section includes an overview of state requirements for recommending physicians and links to necessary forms.

New York Caregiver, Producer and Provider Info

Every state has varying laws and regulations for caregivers, cultivators and medical cannabis providers. This section includes an overview of state requirements for both designated caregivers and registered organizations, as well as links to necessary forms.

Facing state or federal charges?

Unfortunately, patients, caregivers, and providers are still vulnerable to federal and state arrests, prosecutions, and incarceration. They also suffer pervasive discrimination in employment, child custody, housing, public accommodation, education and medical care.