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New York Marijuana cards

To get your medical marijuana card:

1) Simply click here

2) Fill out the quick form, and you will be guided from there.

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How do you get to the doctor's portal?

Click back and fill out the quick form

The program details can be found below.

How to Register

Patients must first be certified by a registered practitioner

Once certified, patients must login to https://my.ny.gov/. Patients who do not have an NY.gov account will need to click the "Don't have an Account?" button to create a personal NY.gov ID first. For step-by-steps instructions on how to create a My.NY.gov account, click here for instructions.

Click the "Health Applications" icon, and then click the "Medical Marijuana Data Management System" link to register For step-by-step instructions on how to register as a patient or caregiver, select the "HELP" link within the Medical Marijuana Data Management System or click here for instructions.

Pursuant to the Compassionate Care Act there is a $50 application fee; the Department is currently waiving the $50 fee for all patients and their designated caregivers.

Patients may designate up to two caregivers during the registration process. After the patient's registration is processed, the designated caregiver(s) must then register with the Department using the same online system described in number 2 above.

Once a patient or caregiver’s registration is approved, the Department will issue a temporary registry identification card through the My.NY.gov account which may be used in conjunction with a government-issued photo identification to purchase approved medical marijuana products while the patient/caregiver awaits his/her registry identification card (ID card) in the mail. Registrations expire when the certification that was issued by the practitioner expires. Patient and caregivers must re-register each time a new certification number is issued.

Patients must bring their registry ID cards and their certifications to a registered organization's dispensing facility in order to purchase approved medical marijuana products. Designated caregivers obtaining medical marijuana on behalf of their patients must bring their caregiver registry identification cards and their patients' certifications to the dispensing facility.

Information about registered organizations in New York State can be found by clicking here.

Other Important Registration Information:

Certified patients and designated caregivers must always carry their registry ID card whenever they possess approved medical marijuana products.

Medical marijuana products may not be transported outside of New York State.

New York State does not accept certifications or registry ID cards from other states.

A certified patient or designated caregiver who has been issued a registry ID card must notify the Medical Marijuana Program of any change in his or her name, address, or if he or she no longer has the serious condition noted on the card within ten (10) business days of such change.

How to Access My Temporary ID Card

To access your temporary registry ID card, log into your https://my.ny.gov account, select "Health Applications," and then the "Medical Marijuana Data Management System." Click on the three white lines on the top-left side of the screen. Select the "My Temporary Card" option from the drop-down menu. Select the blue link to open and print your temporary ID card.

If you do not see the link for your temporary registry ID card please follow the instructions on the screen to check the status of the current registration.

How to Request a Replacement/Updated Registry Identification Card

A certified patient or designated caregiver who has been issued a registry ID card must notify the Medical Marijuana Program of any change in his or her name, or address, within ten (10) business days of such change.

  1. Login to https://my.ny.gov using the existing username and password. Patients & caregivers must first be registered through a My.NY.gov account.
  2. Click the “Health Applications” icon, and then click the “Medical Marijuana Data Management System” link to access the account.
  3. Select the “Update Information/Request New Card” icon.
  4. Select the green “Request New Card” button
  5. Select the appropriate reason for requesting a new card. Patients or caregivers looking to update his/her photograph or change the name printed in the registry ID card must upload appropriate documentation during the new card request.

    If a new address is being reported, also update the address information provided on the screen prior to submitting the new card request.

  6. The Department will review the new card request. Once approved, a temporary registry identification card may be accessed from your account to purchase medical marijuana while the physical registry identification card is mailed to the patient or caregiver.

Where to Purchase Product

Certified patients or their designated caregivers who are registered with the Medical Marijuana Program can purchase medical marijuana products from a registered organization's dispensing facility in New York State. Patients must bring their registry ID cards and their certifications to a registered organization's dispensing facility in order to purchase approved medical marijuana products. Designated caregivers obtaining medical marijuana on behalf of their patients must bring their caregiver registry identification cards and their patients' certifications to the dispensing facility. For home delivery options, contact the registered organizations directly. Click here for a listing of registered organization locations and which ones offer home delivery in New York State.

FAQ

1. What conditions make me eligible to get medical marijuana?

You may be eligible for medical marijuana if you have been diagnosed with one or more of the following severe debilitating or life threatening conditions: cancer, HIV infection or AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury with spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathy, Huntington's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain (as defined by 10 NYCRR §1004.2(a)(8)(xi)), pain that degrades health and functional capability as an alternative to opioid use or substance use disorder. The severe debilitating or life-threatening condition must also be accompanied by one or more of the following associated or complicating conditions: cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, or severe or persistent muscle spasms, PTSD or opioid use disorder.

2. What is the first step to obtaining medical marijuana?

The first step is speaking with your treating practitioner about whether the medical use of marijuana is appropriate for your condition. If your practitioner determines it is an appropriate treatment for you and he or she is registered with the New York State Department of Health's Medical Marijuana Program, he or she may issue you a certification for medical marijuana.

3. What forms and dosage amounts of medical marijuana are allowed?

Approved forms include, but are not limited to: solid or semi-solid dosage forms (such as capsules, tablets, and lozenges), metered liquid or oil preparations (for vaporization or oral administration), whole flower, metered ground plant preparations, and topicals and transdermal patches. Under the law, smoking is not permitted and the regulations prohibit edibles. Please contact the registered organization directly to find out more about the products they have available.

The patient's certifying practitioner must include the following information on the patient's certification: the authorized brand and form of the approved medical marijuana, the administration method, and any limitations on the use of approved medical marijuana product. If a practitioner has a recommendation regarding dosage, it should also be included on the certification, although a recommendation on dosage is not required. Moreover, the total amount of product that may be dispensed may not exceed a sixty-day supply.

4. Can I legally grow my own medical cannabis at home?

Not yet. On October 21, 2021 the Cannabis Control Board advanced regulations for public comment that will allow for the home cultivation of medical cannabis. The regulations follow the requirements of Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) and will now be subject to a 60-day public comment period.

Patients and designated caregivers CANNOT legally cultivate medical marijuana at home until the regulations have been formally adopted.

When the final home cultivation regulations have been adopted, a notice will be posted on the OCM website: www.cannabis.ny.gov notifying patients and designated caregivers that they can legally cultivate medical cannabis at home.

Please continue to monitor the OCM website at: https://cannabis.ny.gov/.

Patient Registration

1. What do I do after I receive a certification from my registered practitioner?

Once you possess a certification from a registered practitioner, you must register with the Medical Marijuana program through the Department's online Patient Registration System. You can find detailed instructions on the registration process, including how to register on behalf of a minor or an individual who is otherwise incapable of consenting to medical treatment, by visiting: Information for Patients

After your registration is approved, you will be issued a Temporary Registry Identification Card, which may be used in conjunction with a government issued photo identification card until you receive your registry identification card in the mail. Dispensing facility locations can be found by clicking here: Registered Organizations

2. May I register on behalf of a minor or person who is otherwise incapable of consenting to medical treatment?

Yes. If the applicant for a registry identification card is under the age of eighteen (18) or a person who is otherwise incapable of consenting to medical treatment, the application must be submitted by an appropriate person over twenty-one (21) years of age. The applicant must designate at least one, and up to two, caregivers who must be among the following: (i) a parent or legal guardian of the certified patient; (ii) a person designated by a parent or legal guardian; or (iii) an appropriate person approved by the Department upon a sufficient showing that no parent or legal guardian is available or appropriate. The designated caregiver must also register in order to receive a registry ID card of their own in order to purchase the medical marijuana on behalf of the patient. You can find detailed instructions on the registration process, by visiting: Information for Patients.

3. How do I register with the program as a caregiver?

A patient who is registered with the program must first designate you as a caregiver during the patient registration process. After the patient's registration has been approved by the Department, the caregiver(s) must register with the Department. The patient will have access to instructions for caregiver registration. To register with the Department as a designated caregiver, you must be a resident of New York State and have a valid New York State Driver's License or New York State Non-Driver ID card. You can find detailed instructions on the registration process, by visiting: Designated Caregiver Information

4. When can I expect my registry identification card to arrive?

After your registration is approved you will be issued a Temporary Registry Identification Card Registry Identification Card, which may be used in conjunction with a government issued photo identification until you receive your registry identification card in the mail. Please allow approximately seven business days to receive your Patient or Caregiver Registry ID Card. Dispensing facility locations can be found by clicking here: Registered Organizations

5. Can I still register if a practitioner will not provide a certification?

No, a patient may not register without a certification from a registered practitioner.

Dispensing Facilities

1. Where can I find basic information about each Registered Organization?

Please visit the following link for information, including links to the Registered Organizations' websites: Registered Organizations

2. Which dispensing facilities may I use?

A certified patient may receive medical marijuana products from any dispensing facility of any Registered Organization in New York State. For a list of locations in New York, please visit: Registered Organizations

3. Will every dispensing facility sell the same types of Medical Marijuana?

No. Please contact the registered organization directly to learn more about the products they have available. Contact information may be found here: Registered Organizations Registered organizations must make available at least one brand that has an equal ratio of THC to CBD, and one brand with a low-THC-high-CBD ratio). Each Registered Organization will also offer other products that have varying ratios of THC to CBD.

4. When are dispensing facilities open?

The hours of operation for the dispensing facilities vary. Please contact or review the websites of the Registered Organizations for their dispensing facilities' hours of operation by clicking here: Registered Organizations.

5. How much medical marijuana can I get at a time?

Registered Organizations may dispense up to a 60-day supply of medical marijuana to a certified patient or designated caregiver, pursuant to any recommendations or limitations made by the practitioner on the certification. Registered Organizations report their medical marijuana dispensing to the New York State Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) database, so that prescribers may review their patients' controlled substance histories and make informed treatment decisions.

6. What should I do if the approved medical marijuana product is not helping me?

Work with your certifying practitioner or a dispensing facility pharmacist to determine if a change in product, change in dose, or discontinuation of the product is appropriate.

7. What should I do if I think I'm having an adverse reaction to the approved medical marijuana product?

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to an emergency room immediately. If you believe you are experiencing an adverse event that is not life-threatening from the approved medical marijuana product, contact your practitioner.

8. What should I do with expired/unwanted medical marijuana products?

Certified patients or their designated caregivers should dispose of expired or unwanted medical marijuana products by adding water to the medical marijuana and then dirt, coffee grounds, ashes or another undesirable substance, prior to disposal in the trash, to avoid accidental or intentional misuse of the product.

9. What if I need assistance obtaining medical marijuana from a dispensing facility because of my condition?

During the patient registration process, a certified patient may designate up to two (2) caregivers who may obtain medical marijuana on his or her behalf. After the patient's application for registration is approved, the designated caregiver(s) must also register with the Department. Detailed information on designating and becoming a caregiver is available here: Information for Patients

Registered organizations may also offer a delivery service. Please contact the registered organizations directly to determine if delivery services are offered in your area.

10. Can I use my out-of-state medical marijuana identification card to purchase medical marijuana in New York State?

No. Only certified patients with a New York State registry identification card may purchase approved medical marijuana products in New York State.

11. How will the Department ensure the quality of the products produced by the Registered Organizations?

The Department requires independent laboratory testing for every brand of product to be tested for any contaminants and to ensure product consistency.

A list of laboratories approved for medical marijuana testing in New York and their contact information can be found by:

  • Accessing the Department of Health’s Wadsworth Laboratory Medical Marijuana Program webpage at https://www.wadsworth.org/regulatory/elap/medical-marijuana.
  • Click on “Search NY Accredited Environmental Labs” on the right of page.
  • Click “I’m not a robot” and select required images.
  • In the Advanced Search section choose the category Medical Marihuana and then click view results.

Additional information about each lab can be viewed by clicking on hyperlink for the Lab Name.

Prices

1. How did the New York State Department of Health Commissioner determine prices for Medical Marijuana?

Registered Organizations submitted to the Department their costs to manufacture, market and distribute products, and to certify that the information provided was accurate, complete and current. The Commissioner then determined the reasonableness of the proposed prices and approved them as the maximum price per dose each Registered Organization may charge.

2. Are prices for Medical Marijuana the same at all of the Registered Organizations?

No, prices vary among Registered Organizations.

3. Will Medical Marijuana prices change?

The Department's approved prices are in effect for the entire period of the Registered Organization's registration, until July 31, 2023. Registered organizations may charge less than the approved prices, so prices may vary. At the conclusion of the first year of the registration period, or beforehand based on documented exceptional circumstances, however, the Registered Organizations may request a price modification. In addition, if a Registered Organization adds a new product, it must submit revised production costs and other relevant data, along with the proposed price for the new product(s) to the Department for review and approval.

4. Where may patients find the prices of Medical Marijuana products?

Patients should contact Registered Organizations directly to obtain final prices, taking into account the dosing recommendations of their practitioner. The total amount a patient pays depends upon a patient's individual dosing needs and the resultant total quantity purchased.

5. Does New York State provide a discounted program for certified patients who cannot afford Medical Marijuana?

The Compassionate Care Act does not mandate a discounted Medical Marijuana pricing program, but allows Registered Organizations to provide discounted products. Some Registered Organizations may offer reduced prices for qualifying certified patients.

Opioid Use as a Qualifying Condition

1. How long must I have tried opioids to qualify for the "Opioid Replacement" condition?

The regulations do not require a patient to try opioids first. Medical marijuana can be used for pain that degrades health and functional capability as an alternative to opioid use. The patient must be certified by a registered practitioner for this qualifying condition and register with the New York State Department of Health to get a registry ID card to purchase medical marijuana.

2. Am I eligible to use medical marijuana after a surgery instead of using opioids?

Yes. Patients have the option to use medical marijuana instead of, or in conjunction with, opioids for post-operative pain management. Patients must be certified by a registered practitioner and registered with the New York State Department of Health Medical Marijuana Program. Patients can check with the facility where surgery will take place about policies and procedures related to use of medical marijuana while in the facility.

3. Can a patient be prescribed opioids and receive a certification for medical marijuana?

There is no regulation that prohibits the use of opioids and medical marijuana at the same time. The decision of appropriate therapy will be at the discretion of the registered practitioner certifying the patient.

4. Can patients with Opioid Use Disorder be certified for medical marijuana?

Yes. Substance Use Disorder was added as a qualifying condition and Opioid Use Disorder as the associated or complicating condition. Practitioners who certify patients for Substance Use Disorder or Opioid Use Disorder must hold a Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) waiver.

5. Do practitioners need a special identification number from the DEA, as they do with buprenorphine, to recommend medical marijuana for patients with Opioid Use Disorder?

A practitioner must hold a federal Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) waiver to be qualified to treat patients with substance use disorder or opioid use disorder.

6. Can Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants recommend the use of medical marijuana for patients with Opioid Use Disorder?

Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants registered with the New York State Department of Health's Medical Marijuana Program can recommend medical marijuana for any of the qualifying conditions. Physician Assistants must have a supervising physician who is registered with the program. These practitioners must be qualified to treat patients with one or more of the qualifying conditions, be licensed and in good standing as a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant in New York State and have completed a two to four-hour course approved by the Commissioner.

7. Do practitioners need to cite the exact diagnosis the patient would be treated for with opioids on the patient's certification when certifying a patient for this qualifying condition?

Yes. The regulations require registered practitioners to identify the underlying condition for which an opioid would be prescribed on the patient's certification. For example, if a patient has a limb fracture that is causing acute pain and the practitioner would like to certify the patient for medical marijuana, the practitioner should indicate "limb fracture" not "acute pain" as the underlying condition.

8. Are there limits to the amount of medical marijuana that can be recommended for patients using medical marijuana as a substitute to opioids for acute pain?

Patients can purchase up to a 60-day supply of medical marijuana. The practitioner can limit dosing recommendations, and/or issue the certification for a specified date that is less than a year. The registered practitioner should use professional judgement to determine the appropriate length of treatment. When dispensing to patients, registered organizations must follow the recommendations or limitations provided by the certifying practitioner.

9. How does this qualifying condition differ from the other existing qualifying conditions such as chronic pain and neuropathy?

The regulations define chronic pain as "severe debilitating pain that the practitioner determines degrades health and functional capability; where the patient has contraindications, has experienced intolerable side effects, or has experienced failure of one or more previously tried therapeutic options." The pain also must have lasted three months or be anticipated to last more than three months. Opioid replacement as a qualifying condition allows for the use of medical marijuana for pain that degrades health and functional capability as an alternative to opioid use. This condition includes, but is not limited to: acute pain, post-operative pain management, severe or persistent muscle spasms and Opioid-Use Disorder. If an opioid could be prescribed for the patient's condition, and the condition does not conform to the definition of chronic pain, neuropathy or severe pain associated with any other existing qualifying condition, then this new condition would be selected during the certification process.

10. If a patient already has a prescription for an opioid, can the patient use the prescription to purchase product at a registered organization's dispensing facility?

No. The patient must be certified by a registered practitioner for this qualifying condition and register with the New York State Department of Health to get a registry ID card to purchase medical marijuana.

Temporary Registry Identification Card

1. Where can I find my temporary registry ID card?

Log into your https://my.ny.gov account, select "Health Applications," and then the "Medical Marijuana Data Management System." Click on the three white lines on the top-left side of the screen. Select the "My Temporary Card" option from the drop-down menu. Select the blue link to open and print your temporary ID card.

2. What if I don't see a link in the Medical Marijuana Data Management System for my temporary ID card?

If you do not see the link for your temporary registry ID card, please follow the instructions on the screen to check the status of the current registration.

3. Does having a temporary registry ID card limit the amount of product I can purchase?

No, you will still be able to purchase up to a 60-day supply of the medical marijuana product(s) that correspond to the practitioner recommendations on your certification.

4. Can I re-print a copy of the temporary registry ID card (i.e. if the original print was lost or rendered unusable)?

Yes. Log into your https://my.ny.gov account, select "Health Applications," and then the "Medical Marijuana Data Management System." Click on the three white lines on the top-left side of the screen. Select the "My Temporary Card" option from the drop-down menu. Select the blue link to open and print your temporary ID card.

5. Do my caregiver(s) also receive temporary registry ID cards?

Designated caregivers can also access a temporary registry ID card after completing their caregiver registration and being approved. The designated caregiver will follow the same steps as a patient to retrieve and print the temporary registry ID card. This does not apply to facilities that have been designated as a caregiver.

6. Can I print a temporary registry ID card for a patient I am a registered caregiver for?

Yes. Log into your https://my.ny.gov account, select "Health Applications," and then the "Medical Marijuana Data Management System." Click on the three white lines on the top-left side of the screen. Select the "My Patient's Temporary Card" option from the drop-down menu. Select the blue link to open and print your temporary ID card. If you are also the patient's proxy, you may need to select "Switch to Caregiver Portal" before this option will be available.

7. How does a designated caregiver facility obtain a temporary registry ID card?

Facilities who have submitted the required designated facility caregiver form to the Department, and whose registration as a facility caregiver has been approved, will be issued a registry ID card in the approval response sent via email. No temporary registry ID cards are issued for facility caregivers.

8. Why do I have to present a government issued photo ID when using my temporary ID card

The temporary registry ID card will not contain your photo. Therefore, while you are waiting for your official card, the government-issued photo ID will act as a way to verify your identity when purchasing or possessing medical marijuana products with a temporary registry ID card.

9. What if the photo on my government-issued photo ID is not a true likeness of me?

The government-issued photo ID will provide a way to verify your identity when purchasing or possessing medical marijuana products with a temporary registry ID card. If the registered organization cannot confirm your identity using the government-issued photo ID provided, the registered organization may not dispense product to you.

10. What if my government-issued photo ID (i.e. passport) has expired?

Your identity may still be verified with an expired government-issued photo ID.

11. Does the temporary registry ID card still work even after I receive my official registry ID card?

The temporary ID card expires 30 days after the date of issue. The expiration date will be printed on your temporary registry ID card. You should receive your official registry ID card prior to the expiration of the temporary ID card. If you do not receive your official registry ID card within two weeks, please contact the Department at 1-844-863-9312 or mmp@health.ny.gov to check on the status of your official registry ID card.

12. Do I need to get a new temporary ID card if dosing recommendations change between the time I get my temporary ID card and receiving the official ID card?

If your practitioner updates the dosing recommendations on the existing certification that you are actively registered with, you do not need to request a new temporary ID card. The registry ID card is linked to your registration, which is also linked to the certification. Any time you do receive a new certification number (PC1# in the top right corner of your certification form) you must re-register using your https://My.NY.gov account in order to have an active registry ID card. If you need assistance with re-registering, please contact us at 1-844-863-9312.

13. What if my address is incorrect on my temporary ID card?

If your address is not correct on the temporary ID card, your registry ID card will also not have the correct address. Please log into your https://My.NY.gov account, select Health Applications, and then the "Medical Marijuana Data Management System" link. You may request a new card by selecting "Update Information/Request New Card" and selecting "Address Change" as the reason. You will need to edit the address information provided and then upload acceptable proof of your current address (examples of proof include a lease agreement, utility bill, mortgage statement, NYS DMV ID) and submit the request to the Department for review. Once approved you will be able to access a new temporary ID card and a new registry ID card will be mailed to the provided address.

14. What if my registry ID card has not been received in the mail and my temporary ID card is expired?

Your registry ID card should be received within 10 business days from the date your temporary ID was issued. If necessary, log into your https://My.NY.gov account, select "Health Applications," and then the "Medical Marijuana Data Management System" link. You may request a new card by selecting "Update Information/Request New Card." Confirm the mailing address is correct, and includes any applicable apartment numbers. If the address is correct, select "Lost Card" as the reason. If you need to edit the address, please select "Address Change" then edit the address information listed on the screen. You will then need to upload acceptable proof of your address (examples of proof include a lease agreement, utility bill, mortgage statement, NYS DMV ID), and submit. You will be able to access a new temporary ID card and a new registry ID card will be mailed to the provided address.

15. I do not have a printer to print the temporary registry ID card. Do I have to wait for my physical registry ID card to be received in the mail?

When presented with a government-issued photo ID, the temporary registry ID card may be displayed as an image on a mobile device, such as your cell phone or iPad, or by visiting your my.ny.gov account to open the image of the card.

***Most of the information above this line was quoted from:

https://www.health.ny.gov/regulations/medical_marijuana/

If you need to reach the state for any reason they can be reached here:

Call: 844-863-9312

Email: mmp@health.ny.gov

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