How to Get Your
Medical Marijuana Card

Certify for Medical Marijuana in New York

To qualify for a medical cannabis card in the state of New York, you need a physician’s written certification form.

With our telemedicine portal, it has never been easier to qualify for your medical card. Simply make a convenient appointment to meet with one of our licensed New York medical marijuana doctors online.

At the end of your virtual visit, you get a completed Physician’s Certification and instructions on how to submit your application.

It’s easy to get access to marijuana in New York with Green Mind. If you have your doctor’s note, you can get into a dispensary today!

Patient evaluations start at just $99. We offer a discount for patients that are renewing a medical card. Included in your appointment you’ll receive help with your application and life-time marijuana support. Best of all…

Get approved or your money back!


Step 1 : Get Ready

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Step 2 : Meet Your Doctor

  • Attend your appointment through a secure link to our HIPAA safe platform
  • Discuss your health issues with a certified MMJ doctor
  • Learn about medical marijuana treatment
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Step 3 : Receive Your Certification

  • After your appointment, you’ll be emailed a pdf and some information! 
  • Review your certification and let us know if any changes need to be made. We will work with you to make sure the job is done correctly. 

Step 3: Get Your Medical Card

  • In New York, many dispensaries allow patients to shop once they receive their pdf. 
  • Submit Your New York Application to the state using their website. You’ll be sent a plastic patient card in a few business days!
  • Receive lifetime marijuana support from Green Mind!
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Benefits of Getting a New York Medical Marijuana Card

  • Save on medication. Being a medical marijuana patient helps you save money in taxes. In New York the difference is substantial- well over 20% in many places.
  • Job security for marijuana users
  • Almost any medical condition qualifies for medical marijuana in New York
  • Improved access to marijuana products. Order online, and cut the line
  • Recreational marijuana won’t be around until late 2023
List of Reasons to Get a Medical Marijuana Card


  • Be a resident of the State of New York at the time of application and remain a resident during participation in the program;
  • Have a qualifying debilitating medical condition;
  • Have a signed physician certification 
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Have a valid and unexpired New York state driver’s license or state-issued ID
  • Not be an active duty law enforcement officer, correctional officer, correctional probation officer, or firefighter.

It’s just $125 for a New Patient Medical Marijuana evaluation! 

You’ll also receive lifetime marijuana-related support from us. If you’re a newer patient, it’s a great opportunity to follow up with a knowledgeable provider. 

If you’re renewing, we charge $99 for renewal appointments in New York. 

If you have proof of limited income (such as SNAP, Medicaid, or unemployment benefits, let us know! Email us at and we’ll try to work with you on the price. 

There’s no longer a cost to register with the state of New York! 

Importantly, New York is a discretionary state. Doctors can allow access to marijuana for almost any medical condition. Here is a complete list from the New York Medical Cannabis Use’s Website

  • Any medical condition, at the discretion of your health care provider
  • Cancer, 
  • HIV infection or AIDS
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • multiple sclerosis
  • spinal cord injury with spasticity
  • epilepsy
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • neuropathy
  • Huntington’s disease
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • pain that degrades health and functional capability as an alternative to opioid use
  • substance use disorder
  • Alzheimer’s
  • muscular dystrophy
  • dystonia
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • autism
  • You will receive your written certification from your New York doctor within 1 business day (although in general its just a few hours). 

No- you can’t cross state lines or travel with marijuana products. Being a medical patient doesn’t change that!

Unfortunately not! It’s still not legal to grow marijuana in New York

In New York, you need to be certified by a doctor yearly. 

Get in touch with our team before you renew! Email us at and we’ll create a coupon code that makes it cheaper for you to renew. 

In New York, any certified MMJ patient can designate up to five 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 medical practitioner 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.

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.

Medical practitioners who want to recommend cannabis in New York must complete a four-hour course and register with the OMC before they can certify patients for medical marijuana treatment.

UPDATE: Any medical practitioner that is certified by New York state to prescribe controlled substances to humans (as opposed to veterinarians) can now complete the training and register with the state to recommend cannabis treatment. This includes nurse practitioners, dentists, physician assistants, midwives and podiatrists, so long as they are registered to prescribe other controlled substances.

EXPANDED MEDICAL CONDITIONS: New York now allows practitioners to certify patients for medical cannabis treatment at their discretion. There is no longer a requirement to have a specific qualifying medical condition to join New York’s medical marijuana program.

Doctors are no longer required to prescribe exact dosages and brands. This can be left to the discretion of the pharmacist now. New York dispensaries still have a very pharmaceutical feel despite the addition of flower and loosened purchasing restrictions.

In order to reduce unnecessary trips to the dispensary, New York has updated their regulations to allow patients to purchase a 60-day supply of cannabis rather than the previously-allowed 30-day supply.

HOME CULTIVATION UPDATE: The comment period for home cultivation regulations is now complete. The OCM will be finalizing the regulations during the first quarter of 2022 or early in the second quarter, barring any unforeseen interruptions in the approval process.

ADULT-USE SALES UPDATE: Adult-use cannabis, although legalized for use by voters, isn’t available for purchase yet. The OCM anticipates that adult-use sales will begin in the last quarter of 2022 or early in 2023.

The sale of flower for vaporization is now allowed at medical marijuana dispensaries as of Oct. 2021, and the $50 state application fee has been permanently waived.

New York medical marijuana patients may be tempted to let their MMJ card lapse now that cannabis is legal, but this isn’t recommended. The state won’t have recreational cannabis sales until at least 2023, so you won’t be able to purchase your medical cannabis without your med card.

Qualifying Conditions

The OCM has now enacted the regulations necessary for a medical practitioner to recommend cannabis for any condition. You might be eligible to use medical marijuana if your certifying practitioner deems that it’s clinically appropriate for you to do so.

EVEN IF YOU’VE BEEN TURNED DOWN FOR MMJ TREATMENT IN THE PAST, you may now qualify for medical cannabis treatment.

Just click the green “GET YOUR CARD” button for a new evaluation. In the unlikely event that you still don’t qualify for cannabis treatment, your evaluation is still free, so there’s no risk to find out if you qualify today!

How to Register as a Caregiver in New York

In New York, any certified MMJ patient can designate up to five 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 medical practitioner 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 medical practitioner 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 that the OCM has made the re-certification process even easier. You no longer have to re-register with the state when renewing your certification. Your doctor will simply update your information in the system, and you can continue using your same card.

You can now also re-certify before the 30-day period leading up to your expiration date. This will ensure MMJ patients don’t lose coverage if they have busy schedules and are unable to recertify in that specific window of time.

Re-certification must be completed before the current registration period expires or you will need to re-register with the program.

Patient Possession/Purchase/Cultivation Limits

Patients aren’t allowed to cultivate cannabis in New York yet. The regulations to do so should be available within the late first quarter or early second quarter of 2022. Until then, 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 Cannabis in 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.


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