Medical Marijuana Program FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About the Medical Marijuana Program

Summary of New York’s New Medical Marijuana Law (S7923/A6357-E)

Under New York’s new medical marijuana law, a patient who has been certified by a healthcare provider to use medical marijuana will register with the New York State Department of Health and receive a patient identification card. Specially approved organizations — such as hospitals or community health centers — will dispense the medical marijuana to registered patients, under DOH supervision.

What Medical Diagnoses is Medical Marijuana Approved for?

  • Cancer
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Opioid Use (This includes other forms such as Opioid Replacement, Opioid Dependence, Opioid Abuse, and Opioid Addiction)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication or intractable spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Neuropathies
  • Huntington’s Disease

    • Cachexia
    • Wasting Syndrome
    • Severe Chronic Pain
    • Severe Nausea
    • Seizures
    • Severe or persistent muscle spasms

Conditions under review by the Health Commissioner:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Dystonia
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

What is the process for the Medical Marijuana Program?

  1. Contact your physician to see if medical marijuana may help. Physician must register with DOH in order to issue a certification to you.
  2. Registered physician provides certification to you if appropriate for your condition.
  3.  Apply for registration online. A Registry ID Card will be mailed after the application is approved.
  4. Purchase product from a registered organization’s dispensing facility.

How do I become certified to receive Medical Marijuana?

  • Apply to Department of Health to become a certified patient
  • Application includes: Name, Date of Birth, Doctor’s Certification including statement that patient has a serious condition and is under doctor’s care for that condition, Valid Certification dates, photo, practitioner’s name, address, phone number, and original signature.
  • Certification expires after one year from date the provider signs it, or earlier if the provider specifies it. If patient is terminally ill, registration does not expire until patient’s death.
  • Parent or legal guardian can fill out application as designated caregivers if patient is under 21.
  • $50 application fee
  • If approved, DOH will issue the patient’s registry card that will include any limitations regarding forms or dosage made by the certifying doctor.
  • Allow 3 business days to receive Registry Identification Card.

What forms does it come in?

  1. Dolce-High CBD
    • Oral Spray
    • Tincture
    • Capsules
  2. Balance-CBD=THC
    • Oral Spray
    • Capsules
    • Tincture
    • Vapor
  3. Forte-High THC
    • Vapor
    • Tincture
    • Capsules

No patient or caregiver can legally possess more that a 30-day supply. Patients can get a refill during the last 7 days of a 30-day supply.
Must be kept in its original packaging and CANNOT be consumed in a public place.

What is the cost of Medical Marijuana?

Contact the Registered Organization directly (914-437-7898) to obtain final prices. Cost depends on patient’s individual dosing needs and the total quantity purchased. The Compassionate Care Act does not mandate a discounted Medical Marijuana pricing program. Discounts are determined by the Registered Organization for qualifying certified patients.

Where are the nearest dispensaries?

There is no delivery service at this time.
You must go to the dispensary to pick it up.*
Your registered caregiver can pick it up for you.

8 North Plank Road Newburgh, NY 12550
Open Monday – Thursday 10:30am-6pm Fridays 11:30am-7pm and Saturdays 10:30am-6pm

402 North Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207
Open Wednesday-Friday 10am-6pm

445 State Route 28 Kingston, NY 12401
Open Tuesday-Thursday 10am-6pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm

2140 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13224
Open Tuesday-Thursday 10am-6pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm

55 Main St, Yonkers, NY 10701
Open Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm

*Patients are encouraged to call and schedule an appointment to pick up. Due to high demand, dispensaries no longer take walk-ins.