How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in New York

Learn how to obtain a medical card in the State of New York. You can also apply for your card online. It takes 30 seconds and you only get charged once you’re evaluation is approved.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Marijuana in
New York

What is Farmacist?

Farmacist makes it easy to obtain your medicinal cannabis card without leaving your house. Farmacist has treated about 100,000 patients in California, New York, and Nevada.

How does Farmacist work in New York?

Click here to get started and sign up. It is super easy and safe.

All you have to do is answer a few health-related questions. The forms only take a couple of minutes to complete. Then, you upload your ID or Driver’s License (along with proof of residency if your ID is not from New York), enter your payment details, and you are done.

Next, you will be guided to an online waiting room to see the doctor. If you are accepted, we will give you a temporary recommendation via email (your hard copy will be mailed). We will also give you an email with instructions on registering for a New York Medical Marijuana Identification Card, which will allow you to get a state sales tax exemption for any of your dispensary medicinal purchases. If you are not approved by the doctor, do not worry, you will not be charged! Your card’s authorization will be removed within 24 hours, so there is no risk!

What medical conditions qualify me for medical marijuana in New York?

Patients afflicted with one of the following medical conditions are eligible for MMJ according to Assembly Bill 6357: Cancer, positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with an objective neurological indication of intractable Spasticity, Epilepsy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease(IBD), ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, neuropathies, and Huntington’s Disease, chronic pain, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.)

How much medical marijuana can I obtain at one time?

Registered Organizations may dispense up to a 30-day supply of medical marijuana products to a certified patient or designated caregiver, subject to the practitioner’s recommendation or limitations on the certification. Registered Organizations report their medical marijuana dispensing to the New York State Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) database, allowing prescribers to review their patients’ controlled substance histories and make informed treatment decisions.

How were the prices for medical marijuana products determined by the New York State Department of Health Commissioner?

Registered Organizations presented the Department with their expenses to produce, sell, and deliver products and certification that the information provided was correct, complete, and up to date. After determining the rationality of the proposed rates, the Commissioner approved them as the maximum price-per-dose that each Registered Organization could charge.

Are medical marijuana prices the same at all Registered Organizations?

No, rates differ between Registered Organizations.

Can the prices of medical marijuana products change?

The department’s authorized rates apply for the entire period of the Registered Organization’s registration. Rates can differ because Registered Organizations can charge less than the licensed prices. Registered Organizations can request a price change at the end of the first year of the registration term or earlier if unusual circumstances occur. Furthermore, if a Registered Organization adds a new product, it must send updated manufacturing costs and other related details to the Department for evaluation and approval, along with the estimated price for the new product(s).

Where will patients find medical marijuana product prices?

Considering the recommendations of their practitioner regarding dosage, patients should directly contact the Registered Organizations to know the prices. The net amount paid by a patient is determined by the patient’s actual dosing requirements and the resulting total quantity obtained.

Is there a discount program in New York State for registered patients who cannot afford medical marijuana products?

No, a discounted medical marijuana product pricing program is not directed by the Compassionate Care Act but, it permits Registered Organizations to provide discounted products. Some registered Organizations may provide discounted rates to qualified, certified patients.

How can I find a registered doctor?

Until now, this process was time-consuming and difficult as most registered practitioners do not have their contact information available to the public. Now Farmacist lets you skip the search process and connect with a New York registered practitioner live via online video chat.

Can I get a certification from my primary care physician even though they are not affiliated with the state program?

No, you must receive your certification from a New York registered practitioner.

Will I be on a government list?

Yes. To be a valid medical marijuana patient recognized by the state of New York, you must first register with the New York Department of Health (DOH) after receiving a certification from Farmacist.

Can I get a medical card if I do not have a New York ID?

To apply for a medical card in New York, you must have a valid New York state ID or driver’s license. If you do not have a New York state ID, you must be able to show evidence of residence in New York along with your out-of-state U.S. photo ID.

How much does it cost?

Farmacist charges $149 for New York medical marijuana certification. This fee also includes the expense of the evaluation. The registration fee for registering with the New York DOH is normally $50, but the department is now waiving this fee for all patients and designated caregivers. When registering, click “Bill Me Later” and the processing fee will be waived.

What is your refund policy?

We provide a full refund within 30 days if you have not registered the certification with the New York Department of Health. Please send an email to support@Farmaci.st with the subject line “Refund Request” and a brief description of your issue. We want to make sure you are 100% satisfied with your purchase being that you, the customer, are the most important thing to us! Once you are refunded, we are legally required to deactivate your medical certificate with the state. You will not be able to use your certificate legally at any dispensary in New York nor benefit from the legal coverage a medical certification offers. Once a refund has been initiated, please allow for 3-5 business days for the funds to transfer back to the card you used for the transaction. If any issues arise, please feel free to reach back out for further assistance.

What medical conditions qualify me for medical marijuana in New York?

Patients afflicted with one of the following medical conditions are deemed qualifying for medical marijuana under Assembly Bill 6357:Cancer, positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with an objective neurological indication of intractable Spasticity, Epilepsy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease(IBD), ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, neuropathies, and Huntington’s Disease, chronic pain (as defined by 10 NYCRR §1004.2(a)(8)(xi)), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.)

What is the first step in the process of accessing medical marijuana in New York?

The first step is to consult with your prescribing doctor to determine if medical marijuana is suitable for your disease. If your doctor decides that medical marijuana is an effective treatment for you and is registered with the New York State Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Program, he or she can grant you a medical marijuana certification. Could more conditions be added to the list of those that qualify for medical marijuana? Yes, the Commissioner of Health has the authority to add additional conditions to the list. In fact, chronic pain was recently determined as a serious condition by the Commissioner of Health. Patients with “any severe debilitating pain that a practitioner determines to degrade 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” will be eligible for medical marijuana beginning March 22, 2017, as long as “there is documented medical evidence of such pain having lasted three months or more beyond onset, or the practitioner reasonably anticipates such pain to last three months or more beyond onset.”

Furthermore, scientists and doctors at the Department of Health have reviewed over two dozen scientific studies on Alzheimer’s disease, muscular dystrophy, dystonia, and rheumatoid arthritis. They have solicited feedback from medical practitioners and organizations. Despite these thorough evaluations, there is currently no scientific evidence to justify incorporating these additional conditions into the Medical Marijuana Program. However, the Commissioner will examine new scientific evidence as soon as it is available. Suppose enough empirical research emerges to justify that medical marijuana will offer relief to people suffering from any other illnesses, including these four. In that case, the Commissioner will immediately add them to the list of qualifying conditions.

What types and dose levels of medical marijuana are permissible?

The Commissioner must approve any type of medical marijuana. Approved conditions include liquids and oil for vaporization or administration via inhaler and capsules to take orally. Smoking is not allowed under the law, and ediles are prohibited.

The verifying physician must have the following information on the patient’s certification: the authorized brand and type of the approved medical marijuana product, the administration process, and any restrictions on using an approved medical marijuana product. If a doctor has a dosage recommendation, it should be included on the certification; however, a dosage recommendation is not needed. Moreover, the total amount of product that may be dispensed may not exceed a thirty-day supply.

What should I do if the medical marijuana medication I have been prescribed is not working for me?

Consult the certifying doctor and see whether a change in product, dosage, or discontinuation of a product is suitable for you. If you need help coordinating with your Farmacist doctor, please contact our support team via emailsupport@Farmaci.st or via live chat daily from 11 am to 1 am EST.

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

You must register for the Medical Marijuana Program via the Department of Health’s online Patient Registration portal after receiving approval from a licensed practitioner. Visit: Information for Patients for detailed instructions on the application process, including how to register on behalf of a minor or a person who is otherwise incapable of consenting to medical care.

You will be issued a Registry Identification Card after your registration has been completed. After receiving your Registry Identification Card, you can go to a dispensing center to get medical marijuana products. Locations of dispensing facilities can be found by clicking here: Registered Organizations

How do I join as a caregiver for the program?

During the patient registration process, a registered patient must first appoint you as a caregiver. Once the Department of Health has approved the patient’s registration, the caregiver(s) must then register with the department. The patient will have the right to direct for registering a caregiver. You must be a New York state citizen and have a valid New York State Driver’s License or New York state Non-Driver ID to register with the department as a registered caregiver.

Is it necessary for me to pay to register as a patient or caregiver?

The department is now waiving the non-refundable registration fee of fifty dollars ($50) for all patients and designated caregivers. When registering, click “Bill Me Later” and the processing fee will be waived.

When do I expect to receive my registry identification card?

Please allow seven business days to collect your Patient or Caregiver Registry ID card after your registration application has been successfully submitted and accepted. After receiving your Registry ID Card, you can go to a Registered Organization’s dispensing facility to purchase medical marijuana items. Locations of dispensing facilities can be found by clicking here: Registered Organizations

Is it possible to register if a doctor refuses to provide a certification?

No, a patient cannot register until he or she has received approval from a licensed practitioner.

Where can I learn more about each Registered Organization?

Please see the following link for more details, including links to the websites of the Registered Organizations: Registered Organizations

Which dispensing facility should I use?

A registered patient can obtain medical marijuana products from any dispensing facility operated by a Registered Organization in the state of New York. Please visit: Registered Organizations for a list of locations in New York.

Is the same kind of Medical Marijuana sold in every dispensary?

No, each Registered Organization must sell only two New York state-mandated Medical Marijuana products (one with an equivalent ratio of THC to CBD and one with a low-THC to high-CBD ratio). Each Registered Organization will also sell other products of differing THC/CBD ratios.

Patients can currently choose from a wide range of products. Additional products will be available in the future.

The service hours for the dispensing facilities are different. Please email or check the websites of the Registered Organizations for the hours of service of their dispensing facilities. However, please keep in mind that to manage operational costs, which impact product rates, Registered Organizations can restrict hours of service or request an appointment to buy medical marijuana.

Can the product be delivered to patients who are unable to visit a dispensing facility?

A caregiver should be designated by the patients who cannot go to dispensing facilities. Furthermore, Registered Organizations are allowed to provide delivery services to patients and designated caregivers to expand access for those who can not go to a dispensing facility. Please contact the Registered Organizations to see if they deliver in your area.

What is the maximum amount of medical marijuana I can get at one time?

According to the practitioner’s recommendation or limitations, the Registered Organizations can provide up to a 30-day supply of medical marijuana products to a certified patient or designated caregiver. For prescribers to review their patients’ controlled substance histories and make informed treatment decisions, Registered Organizations report their medical marijuana dispensing to the New York State Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) database.

What should be done with the MMJ products that are either expired or not needed anymore?

To prevent unintentional or deliberate abuse of the medication, Certified Patients or their assigned caregivers could dispose of unused or discarded medical marijuana drugs by adding water to the medical marijuana and then soil, coffee dust, ashes, or other unpleasant material before disposing of the product in the garbage.

What if I need assistance to obtain medical marijuana from a dispensing facility due to my condition?

A licensed patient can appoint up to two (2) caregivers to receive medical marijuana products on his or her behalf during the patient registration process. The appointed caregiver(s) must register with the Department of Health after the patient’s application for registration is accepted. More details on designating and becoming a caregiver can be found here: Information for Patients.

Registered Organizations are also permitted to provide a delivery service. Please contact the Registered Organizations to find out if delivery services are available in your area.

Can I buy MMJ in New York State with my out-of-state marijuana identification card?

No. Only registered patients with a New York state Registry Identification Card can buy licensed medical marijuana products in New York.

How can the Department of Health guarantee the quality of the Registered Organizations’ products?

The department needs independent laboratory tests on any product type to ensure product consistency and monitor contamination. Unless independent labs gain certification from the New York State Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP), the department’s Wadsworth Center Laboratory will conduct initial processing and review of final medical marijuana products.

How were the prices of medical marijuana products determined by the New York State Department of Health Commissioner?

Registered Organizations informed the department with their costs to produce, sell, and deliver products, as well as certification that the information provided was correct, complete, and up to date. After determining the rationality of the proposed rates, the Commissioner approved them as the maximum price-per-dose that each Registered Organization could charge. Do medical marijuana products have the same price at every Registered Organization? No, rates differ between Registered Organizations.

Is there a discount program in New York for licensed patients who cannot afford medical marijuana products?

No discounted program for medical marijuana is directed by the Compassionate Care Act but it permits Registered Organizations to sell discounted products. Some Registered Organizations may offer reduced prices for qualifying certified patients.

Once I receive my certification and get my card from the state, where can I purchase medical cannabis in New York State?

List of all New York Dispensaries