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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in New York


Fill out a short, online confidential form which we'll send to one of NuggMD's available doctors for review.


You'll meet face-to-face with your new doctor via video chat to evaluate whether your medical condition qualifies for New York's MMJ program.


Once you're approved, you'll receive your doctor's certification via email within 24 - 48 hours with instructions for registering with the state.


Log in to the state website at and register as a patient using your doctor's certification and required proof of residency and identity.


Once the state approves you, you'll receive a temporary recommendation which is good for 30 days. You can print out and use your temporary card to purchase cannabis when shown with your government-issued ID.


You'll get your physical registry ID card from the state within 3 to 10 days.

New York's Best MMJ Service

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Online Process is Easy and Secure

There's no need for an appointment! Just log in any time between 8AM and 10PM, 7 days a week. Simply answer a few questions on your computer, phone or tablet and connect with your new doctor in minutes!

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Get Your Rec in Just Days

Once you're approved by your doctor, you'll get a copy of your approval via email within 24 to 48 hours. You'll receive your state card within 3 to 10 days after you complete your state registration.

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Legally Buy Flower in New York

Registered MMJ patients in New York may now buy flower at their dispensary. Adult-use sales haven't begun yet as the CCB has yet to create the regulations, so getting your MMJ card is still the only way to legally buy flower in New York for now.

Why see a NY medical cannabis doctor online.

Adult use cannabis sales have been legalized in New York, but the state hasn't implemented the regulations to allow for sales just yet. This means that having a medical marijuana card is still the only way to legally buy cannabis in New York for now. The Cannabis Control Board announced at its first meeting that flower sales to patients will be allowed, effective immediately, at medical marijuana dispensaries.

In many cases, family practitioners are unwilling to issue MMJ recommendations because they simply don't understand the potential medical benefits of cannabis treatment. Most medical schools don't even offer classes that cover the endocannabinoid system--the group of nerve receptors in the human body that interact with THC, CBD and other cannabinoids in cannabis.

This is where services like NuggMD can help. NuggMD's fully-licensed physicians, all registered with the New York Medical Board, have taken the extra time to become educated about the medicinal use of cannabis. They know which medical conditions it's recommended for, and understand how it can be used to treat those conditions. So ask any question you want during your consultation! These doctors know what they're talking about.

Your New York Medical Marijuana Doctor Visit Includes

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1-Year New York MMJ Card

You'll get a one-year medical marijuana certification from a registered New York physician. Online renewal is easy and fast each year.

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Secure and Private Service

Your health records are confidential and stored securely according to HIPAA and New York state law.

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Quick PDF Certification

Your approval will arrive via email within 24 to 48 hours after your evaluation if you're approved.

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Secure Online Payment

NuggMD's payment processor is fully secure and accepts Visa, American Express, and Mastercard. You'll only be charged if you're approved.

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Extended Convenient Hours

NuggMD is available to help New York patients from 8AM to 10PM every day, so you can see your doctor when it's most convenient for you!

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Fast and Convenient Service

Complete your online evaluation and state application all from the comfort of your own home. Average time from evaluation to state registration is just a few days.


99% of Patients Recommend NuggMD (Yes, Actually)

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I was a little nervous to talk to a doctor about medical marijuana. Using NuggMD was very easy and they made me feel so comfortable. I highly recommend this service if you're thinking about obtaining a medical marijuana certification.

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Elizabeth S.
New York City, NY
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Great company! A lot of professionalism from their end on every contact.Their customer service is superb, answered all my questions on spot, and made my process quick, easy, and enjoyable. Would totally recommend!

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Johnny A.
White Plains, NY
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The evaluation was easy to fill out and I was contacted by a doctor within minutes. It made what could have been a complicated process straightforward, highly recommend!

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Linda D.
Buffalo, NY
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Very nice and hassle free service. Everyone is helpful and the doctor who certified me was professional and caring answered all my questions.  I highly recommend this NuggMD. Thank you!!

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Janice S.
Albany, NY
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As someone with chronic pain, and little to no experience with applying for a medical card, I can confidently say this company and its doctors really care. It was so easy to get signed up and all I needed was a brief medical history. I will absolutely be using their services in the future and I 100% recommend to anyone trying to get their medical card in NY state!

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K. B.
White Plains, NY
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Could not have been an easier process! From online doctor interview to receiving temporary ID card by email, it was so straightforward and quick. So happy I found NuggMD!

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Janet D.
New York City, NY

About Medical Marijuana in New York

Governor Cuomo signed New York's Compassionate Care Act (S7923) in July, 2014. This program authorizes registered patients in the state to purchase and possess marijuana provided by registered dispensaries. Unlike California, in order to participate in New York's medical marijuana program, patients are required to register with the state and be approved first.

Physicians who want to register patients for medical marijuana must take educational courses about how the medical marijuana program works and how medical marijuana is used. Once the physician has completed their qualifying education, they may recommend cannabis to patients with qualifying conditions that they are qualified to treat.

Once the physician has recommended cannabis, they must provide the exact dosage of cannabis they recommend for the patient and provide continuous care.

Adult-use cannabis has been legalized by voters in New York, along with planned improvements to the medical marijuana program. Among these improvements are home cultivation, sale of flower and allowing for doctors to recommend cannabis for any condition they choose.

On Oct. 5, 2021, the CCB announced that sale of flower will be allowed at dispensaries, effective immediately, and that the $50 application fee for patients and caregivers will be permanently waived. Check back for other improvements to the program as they are implemented. The CCB has six months to enact the required improvements.

Qualifying Conditions

The CCB has not enacted the regulations necessary to allow cannabis recommendations for any condition. This change should be enacted very soon. Meanwhile, a patient must still have one of the following severe, debilitating or life-threatening conditions on New York's list of qualifying conditions to qualify for medical marijuana treatment.
The qualifying conditions are:

  • HIV or AIDS
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Spinal Cord Injury with Spacticity
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Neuropathy
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Chronic Pain
  • Any condition for which an opioid could be prescribed

In addition, the patient must have at least one of the following complicating conditions:

  • Severe or chronic pain
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Seizures
  • Severe or persistent muscle spasms
  • Severe nausea
  • PTSD
  • Opioid use disorder

How to Become a Medical Cannabis Patient in New York

Becoming a medical cannabis patient in New York is easy. There are just a few simple steps. First, you sign up with NuggMD's easy process, then you chat with your new doctor. Once you're approved and receive your emailed certification, sign up with New York's State Registry at

After the state approves you, you'll receive a link to print out your temporary recommendation. You can use this temporary recommendation to purchase legal cannabis from registered dispensaries for up to 30 days while you wait for the state to mail out your permanent card. You should receive your permanent card within 3 to 10 days.

How to Register as a Caregiver in New York

In New York, and certified patient can designate up to two caregivers to help them with purchasing and administering medical marijuana. A person can be designated as a caregiver if they are 21 or older, are a resident of New York, and are not the physician that certified the patient.

A caregiver can register with New York once the patient's application is approved by the state. A caregiver is not allowed to assume their duties until they receive their approval and Registry ID card from the state.

How to Renew Your Registry ID

You must be re-certified by a physician before you can renew your registration. Any qualified, New York licensed physician can provide this re-certification. Please note that you can't purchase medical marijuana with an expired Registry ID, so you should plan to see a doctor for recertification before your current Registry ID is set to expire.

Your certification will usually last for one year, but doctors have the ability to set a shorter timeline if they feel that a one year certification is not warranted. If you have a caregiver, they may not recertify until you have recertified first and received Department approval.

The good news is the recertification process is extremely easy. You'll simply enter your new registration number and answer a couple of yes/no questions.

Patient Possession/Purchase/Cultivation Limits

Patients are not allowed to cultivate cannabis in New York. Only registered organizations can grow, process and sell cannabis and cannabis products.

Your purchase/possession limits are entirely up to your physician. In this sense, New York is very different from other states. Doctors provide precise brand, administration methods and product requirements on recommendations, much like one sees with a prescription at a pharmacy. As part of the planned expansion of New York's medical marijuana program, patients may now purchase up to a 60 day supply from their dispensary, instead of just one month.

More About New York

New York has the largest population on the East Coast, most of it in New York City's five boroughs, but not the largest number of cannabis patients. Florida holds that crown. Florida has roughly a quarter million patients vs. New York, which has just over 100,000. The program is growing rapidly though, and the state is working toward full recreational legalization.

New York also has one of the most unusual marijuana programs in the country, with doctors recommending cannabis in much the same way they prescribe pharmaceuticals; dictating the exact brand, type, administration method and even dosing of the cannabis. Vape pens in the state are designed to deliver precise doses, and micro-dose pills, tables, capsules and tinctures are common items in New York's swanky dispensaries.

Even more unusual, all cannabis is dispensed by pharmacists, rather than bud tenders. There are only two other states that follow this model, Connecticut and Minnesota.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find a qualified medical marijuana doctor in New York?

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Just head over to and they will connect you with a knowledgeable physician who can evaluate your condition honestly.

Can I get certified by my own primary physician?

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As of Oct. 5, 2021, any physician who can prescribe controlled substances may provide a medical marijuana certification as well.

Will I be on a government list?

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Yes. Once you receive a certification from NuggMD, you'll need to register with the New York Department of Health (DOH) to be a valid medical marijuana patient recognized by the state of New York.

How do I qualify for Medical Marijuana?

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Not everyone qualifies for cannabis. You must be seriously ill with one of the qualifying conditions for medical cannabis in New York (full list found earlier on this page).

What if I'm not approved by my physician?

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You will not be charged for your evaluation if you're not approved.

What documents will I need for my evaluation?

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You'll need any medical records you can gather, proof of your identity and proof of your residence. You can satisfy both identity and proof of residence with your New York driver's license or ID. If you don't have either of these, you may provide a copy of your current utility bill, government mail to your current address, or a current lease.

Can I get a card without a New York state ID?

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You will need to possess a valid New York state ID or driver's license to apply for a medical marijuana card in New York. If you don't have a New York state ID or driver's license, your doctor can verify your identity using other methods. You will need proof of state residency in New York along with your out-of-state photo ID.

How much does the NuggMD evaluation cost?

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A New York NuggMD evaluation costs only $149. There is no charge for patients who aren't approved for medical marijuana treatment.

What is your refund policy?

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If you're not approved by the doctor after your evaluation, our policy is to simply void the temporary pre-authorization on your card. Customer service is always happy to assist with transactions. You may also change your mind after you've been approved. NuggMD's general policy is that if you've been approved for medical marijuana but haven't registered your certification with the NY DOH, you are eligible for a full refund, so you have nothing to lose!

How much does cannabis cost at New York dispensaries?

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The Health Commissioner has control over cannabis prices at New York dispensaries. The dispensaries propose the prices, but they are subject to approval. That being said, prices in New York are generally about double the prices on the West Coast.

What if I'm not a permanent New York resident? Can I still get a card?

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If you're staying in New York on a temporary basis and need to use cannabis while you're there, you can sign up as a temporary patient. You will have to see a New York medical marijuana doctor in order to be approved, and the process takes a few days, so you should plan ahead. You will be required to show temporary proof of residency such as a rental agreement or utility bill (not a cell phone bill), and the certification will only be valid for the length of your stay.

Am I still subject to drug testing if I become a certified cannabis patient?

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New York City has outlawed pre-employment testing for THC, but there are exceptions for people who are in certain types of safety-sensitive or government jobs. These people will still be subject to testing for THC, and so will people who live and work outside of New York City.

Can my parental rights be affected if I become a cannabis patient?

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Yes they can. New York doesn't have specific protections for parents who are also cannabis patients like California does. There are efforts to add protections in New York City, but for the most part, you must consider your parental rights very seriously before you consider using cannabis in New York.

Can a patient renew their certification before their ID card expires?

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Absolutely. As a matter of fact, it's a good idea to schedule your re-certification evaluation a few weeks before your current one expires.

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