How to Get a Medical Card Online In New York

How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In New York

How to get a medical marijuana card in New York state is a fairly straight forward process. As long as you qualify for the program there’s no reason you can’t get your very own New York medical marijuana card online.

In order to save you the time of reading this entire guide, let’s go over the major potential deal breaker — not having one of the medical conditions which qualify you to take part in the program.

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New York Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

NY patients may be eligible for medical marijuana in New York if you have been diagnosed with one or more of these severe, debilitating, or life-threatening conditions:

If you have a condition for which an opioid prescription is an option you may opt to try medical marijuana instead. The regulations do not require you to try opioids first. 

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For potential medical marijuana patients we a make it easy to connect with a recommending doctor near you or a MedCard doctor online. You will also receive updates & news relative to medical marijuana in general.


If you are interested please fill out the MMJ patient registration form to get the certification process started. See if you qualify today!


MedCard Registration Form

Steps to finding a NY marijuana doctor to get a Medical card.

 The first step in the process of getting your New York medical marijuana card is to meet with a NY medical marijuana doctor to discuss whether cannabis based THC and CBD products can help treat your condition. The easiest way to get started is to simply fill out the patient registration form above and your on your way to a online MedCard Telemedicine appointment from the comfort of your home.

However, you can’t go to just any doctor. Your practitioner must be registered with the New York State Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Program in order to approve you for the program.

Medical practitioners that are allowed to become certified by the state to recommend medical marijuana include doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, however, physician assistants must have a supervising physician who is registered with the program. 

Once you receive a certification from your doctor you can register with the Medical Marijuana program through the Department’s online Patient Registration System. You’ll find detailed instructions on the registration process by visiting Information for Patients

Upon approval — which is pretty much guaranteed, assuming all the paperwork is in order — within seven days you’ll be issued a Temporary Registry Identification Card. In order to use this temporary medcard, you’ll need to present your driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification card.  

You’ll still be able to purchase up to a thirty-day supply of medical marijuana with a temporary card. 

To print your temporary card you can log into your account at and select “Health Applications” and then “Medical Marijuana Data Management System.” Then click on the menu icon (three white lines on the top-left side of the screen), and select the “My Temporary Card” option from the drop-down menu. 

Temporary ID cards expire 30 days after the date of issue. The expiration date is printed on the card. You should receive your official card prior to that date. If you don’t receive your official registry ID card within two weeks, you can contact the Department at 1-844-863-9312 or to check on the status.

Where to buy medical marijuana in New York State

Once you are certified, you are allowed to purchase medical marijuana products from state-licensed dispensaries.

Keep in mind that not all dispensaries carry all products or even the same products, so it’s important to contact your local dispensary before you pay them a visit. Find local dispensaries on our near me map or visit Nationwide Dispensaries/New York.

Dispensaries are also allowed to offer delivery service. 

How much medical marijuana are you allowed to purchase in New York State?

New York State’s medical marijuana program allows the following forms of cannabis:

  • Capsules, tablets, and lozenges containing THC or full spectrum cannabis oil

  • Metered liquid or oil preparations for vape pens or oral use

  • Dried flower (aka marijuana buds) for vaping

  • Skin creams

  • Transdermal patches

Unfortunately, New York’s medical marijuana laws prohibit the smoking of marijuana or concentrates as well as edibles (cannabis-infused candy, baked goods, beverages, etc.)

Moreover, your medical practitioner has the power to dictate not only which product you are allowed to purchase but also the brand you can buy, the administration method, the dosage, and any limitations on use. 

The total amount of medical marijuana products that may be dispensed may not exceed a thirty-day supply, so you’ll have to buy it on a monthly basis.

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