Medical marijuana is helping people in New York State to treat the symptoms of a wide range of medical conditions. The state has a well-run MMJ program that is patient-friendly and easy to navigate.
Below, we’ll outline the process of applying for a medical marijuana card in New York, and will answer the question: how long does it take to get a medical marijuana card in NY?
Is It Hard To Get A Med Card In NY?
Not at all! The process of applying for a New York medical marijuana card is straightforward. The entire process can be completed online, including the medical consultation and application submission.
Do I Have To Be A Resident Of New York To Get A NY Medical Card?
Yes, you must either be a resident of New York State or be temporarily residing in the state to get a NY medical card.
NY residents need to prove residency by providing the ID number from their State Driver’s License or Non-Driver ID Card. Temporary residents need to prove their status by providing one of the following documents:
- A copy of a lease
- Landlord letter
- A utility bill
- A hospital bill
- Other documentation as approved by the Department containing information that proves temporary residency in New York State
How Do I Become A Legal Medical Marijuana Patient In New York?
The process of becoming a legal MMJ patient in New York is easy to navigate. The first step is to have a consultation with a state-licensed medical professional. This can be done remotely via video consultation.
Once you have received medical certification, you can submit your MMJ card application through the my.NY web portal.
How Do I Set Up An Appointment With A Licensed Medical Marijuana Doctor In New York?
The best way to set up an appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor in New York is to visit the MMJRecs online clinic. MMJRecs will arrange a video consultation with a state-licensed physician who will verify your suitability for MMJ treatment in NY and certify your MMJ application.
How Long Does It Take To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In NY?
Your medical consultation will take approximately 10 minutes. Once the consultation is complete, your approval letter will be emailed to you the next day at the latest. You can then apply for your NY MMJ card through the my.NY web portal.
Once you apply, you will be given a downloadable temporary MMJ license that you can use immediately. This license is valid for 30 days. If you provide the ID number from your State Driver’s License or Non-Driver ID Card, you will be able to download the temporary license immediately. If you are providing another form of evidence of residency, it will take three days to process, after which time you can download your temporary license.
Your permanent card application will take between one and two weeks to be processed and will then be mailed to your address.
How Long Do New York Medical Cards Take To Arrive?
You’ll receive your permanent New York MMJ card in the mail once your application has been approved, and it usually takes around seven to ten days for your card to arrive at your address.
What Are The Qualifying Conditions For A New York MMJ Card?
You will qualify for a New York medical marijuana card if you have any of the following medical conditions:
- HIV infection or AIDS
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spinal cord injury with spasticity
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Opioid use disorder (only if enrolled in a treatment program pursuant to article 32 of the mental hygiene law)
- Opioid replacement
- Huntington’s disease
- Chronic pain
- A severe debilitating or life-threatening condition that is accompanied by one or more of the following associated or complicating conditions:
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome
- Severe or chronic pain
- Severe nausea
- Severe or persistent muscle spasms
- Opioid use disorder
What MMJ Products Can I Purchase At NY Dispensaries?
You can purchase the following medical marijuana products in New York dispensaries:
- MMJ flower
- Vape cartridges
- Lozenges, capsules, and tablets
- Tinctures and sprays
- Topicals and lotions
- CBD wellness products
- MMJ and CBD powders
New York MMJ Possession Limits
New York MMJ cardholders can purchase and possess up to a 60-day supply of medical marijuana at a time from NY dispensaries.
Can I Grow Medical Marijuana In New York With A NY MMJ Card?
Yes, you can legally grow medical marijuana in New York if you have a NY MMJ card. Cardholders can cultivate up to six medical marijuana plants at home at any one time.
Where Are New York MMJ Cards Valid?
You can use your NY medical marijuana card in any New York MMJ dispensary, and also in any US state that practices MMJ card reciprocity.
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