How to Get a Medical Cannabis Card in New York

Finding a licensed physician with the appropriate qualifications to recommend medical cannabis to patients in New York can be difficult. Fortunately, Leafwell and The Medical Cannabis Community have made the process of qualifying for a medical marijuana card in New York much easier, thanks to telehealth and Leafwell’s virtual clinic.

If you think that you qualify, you can register with Leafwell today and speak to a NY-licensed physician online. You can qualify for a New York medical cannabis certificate in minutes. The process is quick, simple and HIPAA compliant. You are only billed if approved. New York physician’s medical cannabis certificates are valid for 1 year. Appointments for online consultations are not necessary.

1. Find Out if You Qualify

You must be 18 years old or over in order to qualify for a medical marijuana certificate and MMJ card in New York

Possession Limit: The law permits qualified patients to possess a 30 day supply of cannabis-infused, non-smokable products. The Department of Health in 2017 states:

“Registered organizations will be allowed to manufacture and distribute additional products including topicals such as lotions, ointments, and patches, as well as solid and semi-solid products including chewable and effervescent tablets and lozenges. Certain non-smokable forms of ground plant material will also be permissible for manufacture and distribution.”

Please note: smoking (combusting) cannabis bud or flowers is illegal in New York, even for qualifying NY medical marijuana patients.

Suffering from one or more of the following conditions may qualify you for a physician’s medical cannabis certificate and medical marijuana card in New York:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Spinal cord injury with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
  • Neuropathy
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Chronic pain


Choose an Application

Documents Needed for a New York Medical Marijuana Application Form


Valid forms of ID

ID number from your NYS Driver’s License or NYS Non-Driver ID Card. When registering online, do NOT upload a copy of your ID. You only need to enter the 9- digit number in the NYS DMV ID field provided on the registration screen.

Those without a NY, NYS Driver’s License or NYS Non-Driver ID Card can upload a recent photo; head and shoulders up on a plain background (jpg format) with no hat or sunglasses. This photo can be taken with a cell phone or camera.

Acceptable proof of residency

  • Pay stubs (from within the last two months)
  • Current lease agreement
  • Utility bill (gas, electric, cable) with service address that matches the certification address from one of the last two months
  • Mortgage statement from one of the last two months
  • NYC ID Card
  • Social Security Administration official correspondence
  • Practitioner/Hospital bill from last two months

Speak With a Physician


The Medical Cannabis Community and Leafwell are make connecting patients to physicians easier, and you can get a New York medical marijuana certification online in almost no time at all. No appointment is required.

Once you’re ready to proceed, register online with Leafwell and speak to a friendly physician.


Final Steps

From there, you’ll get an e-copy of your NY medical marijuana certificate in minutes if you qualify. You can then register to the New York State Medical Marijuana Program. State application fee is $50. You will receive your temporary ID card immediately and be able to shop at any New York dispensary. Physical card typically arrives in 7-10 business days.

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