NYS Medical Cannabis Program 2024

NYS Medical Cannabis Program

The NYS Medical Cannabis Program has helped countless New Yorkers find relief from pain and other conditions.
An Overview
NYS Medical Cannabis Program

In 2016, New York State implemented the Medical Cannabis Program. In March 2021, the Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) amended the program and improved access for medical patients with the implementation of regulations including but not limited to the expansion of qualifying medical conditions, the increase in the number of caregivers a patient may designate, and the expansion of available product categories and dispensing limits. Over the last 7 years, the Medical Program has allowed thousands of New Yorkers to gain access to safe, lab tested medical cannabis treatment and has laid the foundation for the equitable adult-use cannabis market in New York State.



2023 Medical Cannabis Survey Report


Medical Cannabis Program as of June 1, 2024

Registered Patients – 111,731
Certifying Practitioners – 4,357
How The Program Works
For Patients

After getting certified by a healthcare provider, patients can use their medical cannabis certification, either a paper copy or on a smart device, along with a government issued photo ID, at any licensed New York State medical dispensary to purchase cannabis products.

For Providers

After completing an OCM approved educational course, NYS licensed practitioners, who can prescribe controlled substances and are qualified to treat the patient’s condition can certify patients for medical cannabis. 

Program Highlights

NYS Medical Cannabis Program Highlights
NYS Medical Cannabis Program Highlights

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More Information
Find A Certifying Healthcare Provider

Search the listing of healthcare providers in New York State who are authorized to certify patients.

Find A Medical Dispensary

Search the list of Registered Organizations (ROs) in NYS who are authorized to sell medical cannabis products to certified patients and caregivers.