Despite changes regarding the legalization of cannabis throughout the country, New York continues to hold firm laws regarding possession and consumption. The state has shown little wiggle room or signs of taking a more progressive approach regarding recreational use, however, the use of medicinal marijuana remains legal.

Currently, only registered, card-carrying patients can legally purchase cannabis within the state of New York. This means in order to acquire cannabis in New York, residents must be first diagnosed with one of the following conditions: 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 objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), neuropathy and Huntington's Disease. Patients suffering from severe symptoms such as cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe nausea, seizures, severe or persistent muscle spasms, or severe or chronic pain are also eligible to receive a medical marijuana card.

You must be a resident of the state of New York in order to apply for a medical marijuana card within the state. All applicants are required to present a valid New York I.D card as part of the application process. Patients must also obtain medical records proving that they suffer from one or more of the conditions listed above. Once a patient has received written certification from their health care provider they are required to register with the New York Health Care Department.

Once a patient has completed the application process and has received their medical marijuana card, they are eligible to purchase up to a 30 day supply of cannabis (as prescribed by their doctor) but are only permitted to use non-smokable preparations.