Medical Cannabis

Doctor and patient

Medical Cannabis Data Management System (MCDMS) Launches

Enhanced System simplifies certification and registration process for practitioners, patients and caregivers.
As of June 1, 2022
Medical Cannabis Program
Registered Patients – 124,352
Certifying Practitioners – 3,739
How the Program Works

Any health care provider who can prescribe controlled substances in New York State, is qualified to treat the patient’s serious condition, and completes a two to four-hour course on medical cannabis, can certify patients. 

Patients certified by their health care provider can register with the Medical Cannabis Program. There is no patient registration fee and patients can designate caregivers. The patient will receive a registry ID card that lets them buy medical cannabis from a dispensary in New York State.


Medical cannabis dispensaries in New York State have pharmacists on-site to help patients find the right product for their conditions, check for interactions with other medications, and show patients how to use each form of cannabis.

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Find a Practitioner

Search the listing of practitioners in New York State who are authorized to certify patients with one of the severe, debilitating or life-threatening conditions.

Dispensing Locations

Registered patients can buy medical cannabis products from dispensing facilities operated by Registered Organizations (RO) in New York State. Find a dispensing facility near you.